FISH­ERIES CRACK­DOWN

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

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.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Fish­ing ves­sel leaves Dick­son In­let

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