More cash for state’s fish­eries

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND’S fish­ing in­dus­try has been al­lo­cated more than $7.8 mil­lion in the State Bud­get, the money to sup­port the 10-year Queens­land Sus­tain­able Fish­eries Strat­egy.

Min­is­ter for Fish­eries Mark Furner said,“We’ll con­tinue to im­ple­ment the plan which pro­vided ad­di­tional fund­ing of $20.9 mil­lion over three years to en­sure fish­eries re­sources are man­aged in a sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble man­ner that recog­nises the in­ter­ests of all Queens­lan­ders”.

The strat­egy will in­clude work­ing with in­dus­try to help min­imise the costs as­so­ci­ated with com­mer­cial ves­sel track­ing.

Mr Furner said the fish­eries sec­tor would also ben­e­fit from 20 more com­pli­ance of­fi­cers across the state.

“This in­cludes 16 in the Great Bar­rier Reef re­gion,’’ he said.

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