Shire fishing community can weigh in on regulations
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