Ves­sel track­ing

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FISH­ERS in the Whitsunday have echoed Mackay’s com­mer­cial an­glers in rais­ing con­cerns about the State Gov­ern­ment’s manda­tory ves­sel track­ing pro­gram. While re­bates are avail­able to help com­mer­cial fish­ers in­stall the com­pul­sory units, pro­fes­sional fish­er­man Keith Brennan, who has op­er­ated in the area for the past 13 years, said the gov­ern­ment was "bark­ing up the wrong tree". Com­mer­cial fish­ers can ap­ply to the Queens­land Ru­ral and In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity for re­im­burse­ment, with ap­proved ves­sel track­ing units pur­chased from June 1, 2018 el­i­gi­ble for a re­bate. Great Bar­rier Reef Ma­rine Park Au­thor­ity Chair Dr Russell Re­ichelt said the au­thor­ity was pleased to con­trib­ute to the scheme.

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