Ken O'Dowd says there are no species of fish under threat in Queensland waters, so an extended marine park is not necessary.
Ken O'Dowd says there are no species of fish under threat in Queensland waters, so an extended marine park is not necessary. TREVOR VEALE

MP defends fishing, says bigger marine park not needed

FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd praised the region's fishermen in Parliament yesterday.

"Gladstone had been described as a fishing village long before a wide range of industries made their homes in the Port Curtis region," Mr O'Dowd said.

"(Australia's) fishers operate to world's best practice."

Mr O'Dowd was using his speech to criticise the government's plan for an extended marine reserve off Queensland.

"Queensland already has a massive area of its waters under protection, which in itself is not a bad thing," he said.

"However, there are no species of fish under threat in these waters, so it stands to reason that any increase in these protections must be based on scientific evidence."

Read Mr O'Dowd's full statement here.



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