FISH­ING BUY­BACKS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE second round of vol­un­tary buy­backs has be­gun for com­mer­cial fish­er­men im­pacted by a net-free zone in­tro­duced in Cairns last Novem­ber. Up to $3.6 mil­lion has been set aside by the State Gov­ern­ment for the lat­est round of buy­backs, which started yes­ter­day. “This process tar­geted com­mer­cial net fish­ers who op­er­ated in the new net-free zones to help pre­vent fish­ing ef­fort trans­fer­ring into other fish­eries,” said Fish­eries Min­is­ter Leanne Don­ald­son.

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