There was overwhelming support from the public for an increase in frontline compliance capability and we have listened and delivered. Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne
TWO more fisheries officers will be appointed to the Port Douglas office, bringing the total staffing to five.
The new hires, announced in the State budget this week, are part of the government’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2020 which Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said was the biggest fisheries reform in Queensland’s history.
In the new budget there is $20 million in new spending on the strategy.
The Palaszczuk Government will hire 20 more Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) staff taking the state’s total to 109.
It indicates a move by the government to be more rigorous in the monitoring of commercial fishers and compliance.
Mr Byrne said some of the actions under the more rigorous policy include “harvest strategies for each fishery, satellite tracking on all commercial fishing boats, regionally specific fishing rules and using new technologies more effectively”.
“The feedback from the public last year on our Green Paper on Fisheries Management Reform in Queensland indicated there was overwhelming support from the public for an increase in frontline compliance capability and we have listened and delivered.
“This strategy will help achieve this and will support the development of a modern, responsive and transparent system that is based on good monitoring and research.”
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher announced the Gladstone QBFP office would also be re-opened.
“Local anglers have said loud and clear it is vital that fisheries officers are based in Gladstone to protect the long term viability of fish stocks and ensure compliance with regulations,” he said.
Applicants can apply for positions now on the Smart Jobs website, www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au. Recruitment is expected to be finalised in September. Copies of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy are available online at www.daf.qld.gov.au.
Fishing vessel leaves Dickson Inlet