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No net-free fishing zones in Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Karen Collard
President, Queensland Seafood Industry Association In
PO Box 392
Clayfield QLD 4011

Total Signatures - 20162

Sponsoring Member: Deb Frecklington MP

Posting Date: 15/09/2015

Tabled Date: 15/09/2015

Responded By: Hon Bill Byrne MP on 2/10/2015

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

Residents of the State of Queensland draw to the attention of the House that all citizens of Queensland deserve access to fresh, wild caught Queensland seafood. The State government's policy aims to establish three (3) net-free fishing zones in north and central Queensland which will restrict commercial fishing activities. Your petitioners:

  • Support sustainable commercial fishing in my local area - don't shut it down!
  • Support the public's right to have access to fresh, wild-caught Queensland seafood, we need local commercial fishers to catch it.
  • Oppose net-free fishing areas as they will deny Queenslanders their right to access the best seafood in the world.

Reduced access to fishing areas will lead to the demise of family owned commercial fishing businesses. This will have major negative flow-on effects to supply chain businesses, regional employment and therefore significantly impact delicate local economies.


The commercial fishing sector need to be recognised and acknowledged as an essential primary food producer that is a significant contributor to the economy. Equally as important, commercial fishing allows the general public (who do not have the means or opportunity to go fishing), to be able to access and enjoy wild caught Queensland seafood as consumers.


Your petitioners therefore request the House to block legislation that introduces resource allocation through the establishment of net-free fishing zones in Queensland.