The Palaszczuk Government has today released a plan to grow regional tourism and jobs by developing a world-class charter fishing sector.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the state’s first Charter Fishing Action Plan recognises charter fishing as a distinct fishing activity with social and economic benefits for Queensland.
“Local, Australian and international clients are drawn to charter fishing in Queensland waters, whether it’s to catch a meal, experience the wilderness or to catch and release a fish,” Mr Furner said.
“This is the first plan that brings the charter fishing industry together, supports the sector and charts a course to grow its tourism benefits, particularly in regional Queensland.”
Minister Furner said the Charter Fishing Action Plan sets clear targets to achieve by 2021 across four priority areas:
- recognition of the charter fishing sector
- improved engagement and consultation
- enhancing industry standards and streamlining requirements
- developing the regional tourism potential.
Mr Furner said the Charter Fishing Action Plan was developed in consultation with Queensland’s 344 licensed charter operators and the Government would work with industry to implement the plan.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s vision to grow charter fishing is also aligned with the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2027 where reforms are underway to ensure healthy fish stocks that underpin a world-class charter industry,” Mr Furner said.
“Public feedback to a discussion paper in 2017 found overwhelming support for greater recognition and engagement of the charter fishing sector.”
The Charter Fishing Action Plan is available online at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner