Hundreds have their say on Fisheries Discussion Paper

Queenslanders have another two weeks to have their say on proposed amendments to the Fisheries Regulation 2008.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the proposed changes were the result of a comprehensive consultation process over the past two years as part of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy.

“The changes focus on long-term sustainability and profitability, urgent actions to support key species, standardising fishing rules, supporting compliance and reducing red-tape,” Mr Furner said.

“We are determined to build a legacy of a sustainable fishery for our children and grandchildren and these regulations are an important part of doing that.

“As at today, we have received close to 500 responses via our online survey, with the commercial, recreational, charter boat, Indigenous, seafood marketing, conservation sectors and the general public all making submissions.

“In addition, we have received dozens of telephones calls and numerous emails from stakeholders on the proposed changes. “

Mr Furner urged as many Queenslanders as possible to have their say by July 19.

Mr Furner said the feedback would guide changes to the Fisheries Regulation 2008 later this year.

You can view the online survey at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, provide written feedback or request a call back from a fishery manager through the DAF call centre, with a closing date of Friday 19 July.

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