Applications open for Fisheries Review committee

APPLICATIONS to join the Ministerial Advisory Committee which will guide the state's Fisheries Management Review have been called by the Queensland government.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said he was seeking applications from a broad range of individuals and groups with experience in all fishery sectors and regions.

"The review of fisheries management in Queensland is years overdue, and I am determined to have wide input to achieve a balanced outcome," Mr McVeigh said.

"The Ministerial Advisory Committee will include people from across the recreational, commercial, indigenous, charter/tourism, seafood marketers and conservation sectors.

"The selection process will also aim to achieve a spread across regions, knowledge and skill sets."

Mr McVeigh said the review was aimed at simplifying fisheries management, cutting red tape and improving sustainability of fish stocks.

"Fisheries management suffered neglect under near-20 years of Labor governments," he said.

"The Queensland government is committed to finding solutions for better management, and this review will help determine a new approach for our fisheries. It will focus on better managing our fisheries across the state, not individual rules or marine park boundaries.

"The Advisory Committee will provide strategic advice - what is good and bad about the current system, and the principles to guide future management to better protect our resources.

"We need a more flexible management system for commercial industry to prosper, but at the same time ensure that recreational and traditional fishers have reasonable access to fish stocks.

"The bottom line is - this is about creating a better system to manage one of our most important natural resources - fisheries."

Expressions of interest for the Ministerial Advisory Committee close 14 April 2014.

For more information on the Fisheries Management Review or to apply for the Ministerial Advisory Committee, visit http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/fisheries/consultations-and-legislation/reviews-surveys-and-consultations/fisheries-management-review or call 13 25 23.



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