Have your say on fisheries management

QUEENSLAND anglers are encouraged to have their say on how state fisheries should be managed by making submissions to the independent review currently under way.

They are also reminded the deadline for submissions is October 30.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the Queensland Government had initiated an independent review to deliver a better system for managing fisheries.

"Fishing is both a vital primary industry and a favourite activity for many Queenslanders and visitors," Mr McVeigh said.

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

"I encourage everyone with an interest in Queensland's fisheries, be that recreational, commercial, environmental or tourist-based, to provide feedback.

"We are also interested to hear from indigenous fishers as fishing is an important part of Aboriginal culture."

Submissions must address the review terms of reference and will be accepted up until October 30 via email to: qldfisheriesreview@mragap.com.au.

Mr McVeigh said the consultants leading the review, MRAG Asia Pacific, had held a number of public consultation meetings across Queensland.

"I'm pleased with the information coming forward and the robust nature of the debate," Mr McVeigh said.

"There appears to be strong recognition from all sectors about the need to maintain healthy fish stocks while ensuring recreational fishing opportunities. All sectors are looking for a strong future with a secure operating environment and healthy fish stocks."

Final recommendations will be presented by the independent review team to the Queensland Government at the end of the year.
For more information visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.

MRAG Asia Pacific can be contacted on 3371 1500 or email info@mragasiapacific.com.au.



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