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    STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    IT’S TIME to end damaging commercial netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park!

    Those who can remember what the tailing golden trevally flats fishing was like still live in hope we can restore this amazing marine environment !


    The Great Sandy Marine Park is THE ONLY Marine Park that allows commercial netting in what “should be” TRUE YELLOW CONSERVATION ZONE AREAS!

    Ending damaging commercial netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park – which has already been tentatively listed as a World Heritage Area, will bring a much needed boost to an environment deserving of proper marine protection.
    Using commercial nets to:


    • Target spawning aggregations MUST BE STOPPED
    • Target bream, whiting and flathead in conservation park yellow zones MUST BE STOPPED
    • Target top level predators like mackerel , trevally, barramundi , threadfin salmon and shark MUST BE STOPPED
    • Target low food value but high recreational fishing value fish like Golden Trevally, Snub nosed dart ( Permit ) , Queenfish, Giant Herring etc. MUST BE STOPPED
    • Incidentally catch dugongs and marine turtles is definitely MUST BE STOPPED


    Sign this PETITION to request Dr Steven Miles - Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef and the Palaszczuk State Government to commit to ending destructive commercial netting operations in the Great Sandy Marine Park and adjacent waterways under the current full term 10 year review to restore fish stocks and help protect the Queensland urban coast’s largest dugong population.

    Sign NOW @ https://www.change.org/p/dr-steven-m...dy-marine-park

    And share with ALL your friends & Contacts ....

    Thanks Scott Mitchell

    Chairman
    Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance Inc.
    So Many Fish - So little time !

    I Proudly support the following companies: Shimano, G.Loomis, The Haines Group, Scientific Anglers, Abel Reels, Lowrance

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Delete this thread mods... This has already been posted in general, Saltwater, and now fly.
    Member should be deemed a spammer and deleted.

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Thanks for the link Scott I will sign now .... Matt
    A bad days fishing has got to be better than any day at work......


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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Quote Originally Posted by ric View Post
    Delete this thread mods... This has already been posted in general, Saltwater, and now fly.
    Member should be deemed a spammer and deleted.
    Ric - I posted it under the various boards as this issue effects different angler styles and they may miss it if they do not read the other boards that they do not participate in ....

    Please share with all your contacts as we will need all the support we can get .... Or never whinge again about commercial netting and declining catch rates in the GSMP !

    Regards Scotto
    So Many Fish - So little time !

    I Proudly support the following companies: Shimano, G.Loomis, The Haines Group, Scientific Anglers, Abel Reels, Lowrance

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Thanks matt - Please share with all your contacts as we will need all the support we can get ....


    Regards Scotto
    So Many Fish - So little time !

    I Proudly support the following companies: Shimano, G.Loomis, The Haines Group, Scientific Anglers, Abel Reels, Lowrance

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Just a quick one ,are you still doing real estate in the bay and if so can you pm me a number or a web site . Thanks Matt
    A bad days fishing has got to be better than any day at work......


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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    PM sent :-)
    So Many Fish - So little time !

    I Proudly support the following companies: Shimano, G.Loomis, The Haines Group, Scientific Anglers, Abel Reels, Lowrance

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    NOTE ! With the Zoning Plan for the Great Sandy Marine Park set to expire on 1 September 2017 the Minister has today approved a two phase process for the Zoning Plan review.


    The first phase involves the renewal of the "current Zoning Plan" prior to September to ensure the continuation of the existing rules. The second phase triggers the review and consultative process in helping to shape the future directions for the marine park.


    Phase 1 of the renewal process has commenced as at the 5th of May 2017 !


    WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW - Please sign and share this petition far & wide - if you want to see unrestricted numbers of commercial fishers STOPPED from Netting the GSMP !


    NOTE - The Great Sandy Designated Area incorporates areas of conservation park zones in :-


    * Baffle Creek & tributaries


    * The Elliott River & tributaries


    * The Burrum River & tributaries


    * The Mary River & tributaries


    * The Great Sandy Strait and Tin Can Bay Inlet


    This anomaly overturns EVERYTHING a TRUE Yellow Conservation Zones is there to protect !


    Sign this PETITION NOW @ https://www.change.org/p/dr-steven-m...dy-marine-park


    To request Dr Steven Miles - Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef and the Palaszczuk State Government to commit to ending destructive commercial netting operations in the Great Sandy Marine Park and adjacent waterways under the current full term 10 year review to restore fish stocks and help protect the Queensland urban coast’s largest dugong population.....


    Scotto
    So Many Fish - So little time !

    I Proudly support the following companies: Shimano, G.Loomis, The Haines Group, Scientific Anglers, Abel Reels, Lowrance

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    TO CLARIFY what WILL BE EFFECTED by "Correcting" our Great Sandy Marine Park & debunk some of the propaganda from the commercial sector :-


    REMOVING the "anomaly" that is the Great Sandy Designated Area ( Red Cross Hatching on our Yellow Zones ) WILL NOT EFFECT :-


    * Trawler fishing - Which mostly ALL occurs outside of the Great Sandy Designated Area ( with exception a couple of beam trawl operators )


    * Prawns – Otter Trawling ALL occurs outside of the Great Sandy Designated Area ( with exception a couple of beam trawl operators & some stripe nets in the Mary River )


    * Scallops & bugs - Which ALL occurs outside of the Great Sandy Designated Area


    * Spanner crabs – which are harvested outside of the Great Sandy Area


    * Fish and prawns farmed commercially in Queensland


    * Commercial Line Fishing IE: Mackerel , trout etc.


    * The FCFA would support commercial line fishing in the Great Sandy Area by “long term local operators” on a Permit & quota basis.


    * The FCFA supports ‘ Continued commercial crabbing in the Great Sandy Area by “long term local operators” on a Permit & quota basis .


    IT WILL EFFECT & REMOVE Commercial Gill Netting !


    The commercial sector will boast the current Great Sandy Designated Area also allows Recreational fishers to use three lines or rods per person with a combined total of six hooks when fishing in this area.


    Recreational fishers in TRUE conservation park (Yellow) zones in the Moreton Bay Marine Park are able to use up to two hand-held rods or handlines per fisher, with no more than two hooks in total for each fisher. There are also six rivers and creeks in the State Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park Zoning Plan allow the use of two lines and hooks.


    The Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance will be insisting that recreational anglers will be allowed up to two hand-held rods or handlines per fisher, with no more than two hooks in total for each fisher once the Great Sandy Marine Park is "corrected" and the Great Sandy Designated Area is REMOVED in-line with the current full term – 10 year review !

    Please sign the petition & share @ https://www.change.org/p/dr-steven-m...dy-marine-park

    Thanks Scotto
    So Many Fish - So little time !

    I Proudly support the following companies: Shimano, G.Loomis, The Haines Group, Scientific Anglers, Abel Reels, Lowrance

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW !

    We will NEED more than 2500 signatures - Apathy across our sector is one of our major challenges !

    Please sign THIS Petition and share with your friends & Contacts if you want to see Commercial NETTING removed from the following areas :-

    * Baffle Creek & tributaries
    * The Elliott River & tributaries
    * The Burrum River & tributaries
    * The Mary River & tributaries

    * The Great Sandy Strait and Tin Can Bay Inlet

    The Full Term Review of our Great Sandy Marine Park is currently in Phase One & we NEED a show of support to STOP Commercial Netting in the above areas by removing the "anomaly" that is the "Great Sandy Designated Area" - which DOES NOT EXIST in ANY other marine park by the 5th of June 2017 !

    SIGN HERE - It takes less than a minute - https://www.change.org/p/dr-steven-m...dy-marine-park

    Regards Scotto
    So Many Fish - So little time !

    I Proudly support the following companies: Shimano, G.Loomis, The Haines Group, Scientific Anglers, Abel Reels, Lowrance

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Quote Originally Posted by bluefin59 View Post
    Just a quick one ,are you still doing real estate in the bay and if so can you pm me a number or a web site . Thanks Matt
    So you are or used to be a real estate agent. That's one for the books - a real estate agent trying to get rid of hard working honest fisherman. Please tell us your agency so people on this site do not use your company by mistake.

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Quote Originally Posted by insidermb View Post
    So you are or used to be a real estate agent. That's one for the books - a real estate agent trying to get rid of hard working honest fisherman. Please tell us your agency so people on this site do not use your company by mistake.
    Happily - I am in independent real estate office and self employed - if market conditions change I don't get any compensation - but I still pay to hold a license !

    I have never hid who I am and what we are campaigning for - Plenty of support to "correct" our GSMP - Scotto
    So Many Fish - So little time !

    I Proudly support the following companies: Shimano, G.Loomis, The Haines Group, Scientific Anglers, Abel Reels, Lowrance

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Quote Originally Posted by insidermb View Post
    So you are or used to be a real estate agent. That's one for the books - a real estate agent trying to get rid of hard working honest fisherman. Please tell us your agency so people on this site do not use your company by mistake.
    Obviously a pro fisherman with an axe to grind ,and the only time you have contributed to a discussion is has been to support your OWN needs and not those of the greater community . Matt
    A bad days fishing has got to be better than any day at work......


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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Just a bit of info re the value of tourism and rec fishing to the area,




    Jun 4, 2017 — Recreational fishing value on the Fraser Coast

    Referencing the State Wide 2010 Recreational fishing survey - Over a third of all recreational fishers (in excess of 700,000 state wide) lived in the Brisbane region but the participation rate among local residents was highest in the Mackay and Wide Bay-Burnett (Fraser Coast) regions, where 28% and 26% of the population were recreational fishers, respectively.

    Localised depletion is being experienced across a number of key important recreational fish species both locally across the Fraser Coast region and across the state. Catch rates for anglers on the Fraser Coast region alone, have dropped from 7.8 fish landed per person per trip in 1986 to 0.81 fish per person per trip in 2003. This is the most current research but concerns are that this decline continues much further today and is in need of further review. Reference: Moore N. 1986 Recreational fishing in Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Strait. QDPI Information series Murphy I. 2003. 2003 Creel Survey. A ‘Snapshot’ of Recreational Fishers and Their Catches in the Hervey Bay Region, Queensland, between January and May, 2003.

    Visitor Expenditure generated through Recreational Fishing across the Fraser Coast equates to approximately $39 million per annum. It is important to note that this figure is based on visitors only, and it does not take into account the value generated by recreational fishing by keen fisherman who reside within the Fraser Coast - this figure would be significant.

    The figure of $39 million is compiled by the International Visitor Survey (IVS) and the National Visitor Survey (NVS) which is collated by Tourism Research Australia. This data is then distributed to the State Tourism Organisations and then distributed to the regional tourism organisations such as Fraser Coast Tourism and Events. Through the Fraser Coast Destination Tourism Plan, it is estimated that if the Fraser Coast is to increase its share of the Queensland Recreational Fishing Market by 8% by the year 2020, the value of visitor expenditure generated purely through recreational fishing would equate to approximately $107 million per annum by the year 2020. Again this does not include local expenditure – purely visiting anglers.

    The Fraser Coast contains more fish diversity than the entire Great Barrier Reef being a crossover zone between tropical and temperate waters. It is recognised as the most southern limit for Wild Barramundi on the East Coast of Australia. Reference:  Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management 2014. The Great Sandy Biosphere.

    In 2009 the Great Sandy Region was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO, the global organisation that also awards World Heritage Listings. This decision gives worldwide recognition to both the Fraser Coast and Cooloola Regions, and the Wide Bay Burnett Coastline, putting the Great Sandy Region in the same class as the Galapagos Islands, the Central Amazon, the Everglades and Uluru. The Great Sandy Region is also recognised as an important RAMSAR Site, a dugong protection area and major turtle ecosystem.
    Cheers
    Ray

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    Re: STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

    Well you are obviously part of the howling mob that cries and whinges all of the time and tries to get more than your fair share. As for your comments - wrong on all counts .I notice most of your posts have been anti commercial , so at a guess you would be a slimy A.L.P member or a dirty Green . They are just as trustworthy as the real estate industry.

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