Commercial net fishers on the East Coast have one last opportunity to participate in the Queensland Government’s net buyback scheme. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the Newman Government was delivering on its election promise to invest up to $9 million in the net fishing buyback scheme.
“The buyback scheme is part of our strong plan to ensure a sustainable fishing industry in Queensland,” Mr McVeigh said.
“Labor ignored the needs of our commercial fishing industry for years and many fishers faced an uncertain future.
Long term monitoring of tailor populations in the Fraser Island and Cooloola region reveal that this once abundant and iconic species has declined to dangerously low levels. Commercial yields since 1988 have gradually reduced to unprecedented lows for the years 2011 and 2012 with no indications that 2013 will see any improvement. Recreational catches along the entire eastern seaboard of Australia replicate commercial yields and the impacts to tourism of this may be felt for many years to come and particularly in Queensland.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry, John McVeigh, stated in 2012 that tailor populations are recovering with more mature fish now prevelant in the system and that the species is being sustainably fished. Mr McVeigh also says that annual monitoring of species of commercial or recreational importance ensures the future sustainability of Queensland's fisheries.
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Oysters are ecosystem engineers that act as "lungs of the estuary" by filtering the water. Alongside improvements to water quality, restoration of long lost oyster reefs is one of the main components of estuarine restoration programs in places like the USA. The Nature Conservancy has been active in the US on oyster reef restoration, and it looks like they have started working with fishos in Port Phillip Bay on the same... [Read More]