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Fishermen consulted with government on mission beach trawling.



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1 May 2002 B39/2002

FISHERMEN CONSULTED WITH GOVERNMENT ON MISSION BEACH TRAWLING

Newly implemented trawling restrictions in the Mission Beach area would have been far more extensive and destructive to commercial fishing without industry-led intervention from a team of Federal Coalition Government MPs.

Senator for Queensland, Ron Boswell, said today that there had been extensive consultation with the Queensland Seafood Industry Association and strong representation on their behalf from National Party Senators Boswell and Nigel Scullion (Senator for the Northern Territory), when the issue was originally raised and addressed back in February.

"Responsible commercial fishermen who fish the Mission Beach area had no locally-based Federal government representative to ask for help. The QSIA approached me and I enlisted the help of Senator Scullion, who has a history in the commercial fishing industry," Senator Boswell said.

"We held a meeting with the Minister and argued that there should be no closure," he said.

"In support of the QSIA, we reached a compromise position on February 26, as outlined in the QSIA press release of that date, effectively reducing the GBRMPA proposed closure area and the resultant impact on commercial fishing in the Mission Beach area by around fifty per cent,"

"As members of the Government, we were able to help the local industry by filling in for the local MP. Unfortunately, as an independent, Mr Katter was unable to take any part in the debate or have an influence on the decision-making process."

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PLEASE CONTACT PAUL LEVEN FOR MORE INFORMATION / ATTACHMENTS

1. GBRMPA proposed closure map 2. Negotiated closure map 3. QSIA Media Release 26.2.02

Media Contact: Paul Leven (07) 3001 8150 or 0417 225 176