Shire fish­ing com­mu­nity can weigh in on reg­u­la­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

SHIRE an­glers will be able to tell the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion ex­actly what they think about fish­ing reg­u­la­tions in the Far North.

As part of its in­quiry into Marine Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture, the Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion will be meet­ing in­ter­ested par­ties in Cairns from March 8-9. “In the course of the in­quiry we will be vis­it­ing a num­ber of lo­ca­tions where fish­ing is im­por­tant to the econ­omy and com­mu­nity, whether it’s com­mer­cial, recre­ational or cus­tom­ary fish­ing,” com­mis­sioner Melinda Cilento said.

“We are meet­ing with recre­ational, com­mer­cial and en- vi­ron­men­tal groups, as well as var­i­ous au­thor­i­ties, to get their views on ways to im­prove and sim­plify fish­ing regulation with­out com­pro­mis­ing fish­ery pol­icy or en­vi­ron­men­tal ob­jec­tives.

“We ob­vi­ously can’t talk to ev­ery­one, but I would re­ally like to en­cour­age any­one in Cairns who has an in­ter­est in marine fish­ing to pro­vide a sub­mis­sion.”

The com­mis­sion en­cour­ages peo­ple to visit its web­site and read the re­cently re­leased is­sues pa­per de­vel­oped to help in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der­stand how to have in­put into the Marine Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture In­quiry.

The in­quiry will iden­tify op- por­tu­ni­ties to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and im­prove regulation, in­clud­ing iden­ti­fy­ing where reg­u­la­tions are poorly co-or­di­nated be­tween ju­ris­dic­tions.

“This in­quiry is im­por­tant be­cause our lim­ited marine re­source needs to be shared among dif­fer­ent users and man­aged in a way that will en- sure Aus­tralians can en­joy and get the most value from our marine re­sources, now and into the fu­ture,” Ms Cilento said.

Aqua­cul­ture and fish pro­cess­ing and re­tail­ing are within the scope of the re­view. For de­tails visit: www.pc.gov.au/in­quiries/ cur­rent/ fish­eriesaqua­cul­ture/is­sues

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