Seafood group responds after Byrne claims of scaremongering

THE Queensland Seafood Industry Association has responded to Minister Bill Byrne's claim that the industry's concerns over net-free zones and fish availability were "scaremongering".

But the QSIA spokesman said the net ban had exposed more than 50 fishing families and retailers to stress after the zones were proposed eight months ago.

He said only one group would benefit from the ban, the "the 2-3%" of recreational fishers.

"Over 1.2 million serves of fresh local fish will be taken out of the reach of Queensland consumers. These consumers live in Central Queensland and across the state," the spokesman said.

"Almost 30% of local caught barramundi in Queensland will go... the policy is a recreational fishing one, developed at the community's expense. This is the truth that Queenslanders have rejected, over 27,000 and more support their net fishers."



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