The coronavirus is putting our commercial fisheries industry under enormous pressure

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Letter to the Editor from LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Tony Perrett.

The coronavirus is putting our commercial fisheries industry under enormous pressure.

That's why the LNP has called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to rule out the implementation of the Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy.

Queensland Seafood Industry Associations, Moreton Bay Seafood Industry Association, Gulf of Carpentaria Commercial Fisherman's Association, Hervey Bay Seafood Inc and the Fisherman's Portal agree that the reforms should be taken off the table.

The quotas that are being pushed through by the Palaszczuk Labor Government are not economic for many Queensland commercial fishers to make a living.

We know how important the Queensland seafood industry is, at it provides more than 3,000 people a livelihood, predominantly in the regions.

The commercial seafood industry also needs further action from the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

If fishers don't have large enough quota then they can't make a living and they will be forced out of the industry – that is why these reforms should be taken off the table.

It's time for Labor to abandon its unfair fisheries reform and do more to support our seafood industry during these trying times.

Tony Perrett
LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries

 
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