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Fair access to Queensland seafood for consumers

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Greg Savige
64 Jabiru Street

Total Signatures - 302

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 14/12/2011

Closing Date: 25/05/2012

Tabled Date: 29/05/2012

Responded By: Hon John McVeigh MP on 26/06/2012

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House our strong opposition to the continued reduction of access for professional fishermen to the highly productive inshore fishing grounds as a consequence of the 2009 Moreton Bay Marine Park zoning process.

We understand that professional fishermen are licensed to harvest seafood on behalf of the entire community - most of whom do not fish for themselves - and we want fair and equitable access to fresh local seafood re-instated.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to:

  • Support the right of everybody in the community to access fresh local seafood - including the majority of the community who do not fish for themselves;
  • Support the rights of local professional fishers to sustainably access fish stocks in the more productive fishing grounds;
  • Support the transfer of Fisheries Queensland back to the Primary Industries portfolio where it belongs as an important primary industry food producing sector;
  • Strongly support a scientific review of the current Moreton Bay Marine Park zones to allow a sustainable and adequate supply of fresh local seafood to be commercially harvested for the community.