Future of Gladstone fisheries up for discussion

THE future of the state's fisheries are in the hands of Queenslanders, with Gladstone locals invited to have their say at a public consultation tomorrow.

Fishermen, boaties, seafood lovers and residents are encouraged to take the opportunity to have their voices heard, and to present issues unique to the Gladstone region.

A consultation road trip, spanning the entire east coast of the state, will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre tomorrow commencing at 5pm.

The purpose of the 17 meetings is to develop a streamlined and modern approach to the management of Queensland's fisheries.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh last week said the consultations were pivotal for the future of the sector.

"We want to create a more modern and simplified fisheries management system and therefore encourage input from all sectors," he said.

"It's important all fishing sectors, as well as community groups with an interest in fishing, provide input into the review, because this is the first time, in a very long time, the public has been invited to have a say on the future of fisheries management in Queensland."

The initiative is a joint venture with MRAG Asia Pacific, an independent body leading the review. Written submissions are welcomed. Email them to qldfisheriesreview@mragap.com.au.



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