Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk Government’s plan for the industry was charging ahead at full steam.
“We’ll continue to implement the Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017−2027 announced last year which provided additional funding of $20.9 million over three years to ensure that fisheries resources are managed in a sustainable and responsible manner that recognises the interests of all Queenslanders,” he said.
“Excellent progress has already been made with a third of the Strategy actions completed in the first 12 months.
“More than $7.8 million will be allocated in 2018-19 to support the Strategy, which will include working with industry to help minimise the costs associated with 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.
“We are also investing in additional monitoring, harvest strategies for all fisheries and vessel tracking on all crab, net and line boats by the end of 2018.
“The Palaszczuk Government will provide the remainder of $100,000 pledged last year to the Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns Regional Councils to help promote their net-free zones.
“An upgraded recreational fishing app and new commercial fishing app will also be funded this year, making it easier for all fishers to comply with the rules.”
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Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner