Robinson Calls for Net Free Zones in Moreton Bay

Mark Robinson today joined with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Recreational Fishing Groups to call on the Queensland Government to deliver Net Free Zones in Moreton Bay.

“Since entering Parliament in 2009 I have been a supporter of recreational fishers in Moreton Bay, whether by delivering artificial reefs, boat ramps and other marine infrastructure, or by fighting to protect sustainable fishing,” Dr Robinson said.

“In Government the LNP also put a stop to excessive use of lockouts by Labor-Green Governments that were based on politics not evidence of increased sustainability.”

“I have long supported Net Free Zones for Moreton Bay, zones that allow recreational fishing and some commercial fishing, but that restrict the use of gill nets.”

“So, Net Free Zones in Moreton Bay will improve the sustainability of the whole Bay, while permitting the local catch of seafood by trawlers, crab, and line fishers.”

“The proper roll out of Net Free Zones will mean plenty of locally caught seafood for all, no price increase in seafood, more sustainable fisheries and extra jobs in Queensland’s $1 billion recreational fishing, boating and tourism industries.”

Sunfish Queensland and Keep Australia Fishing have proposed three Net Free Zones in Moreton Bay - one in the Pumicestone region,  Moreton Island/North Stradbroke Island and Jumpinpin area

“In principle I support the Sunfish/KAF (Keep Australia Fishing) proposal for Moreton Bay, with some modification of the original boundaries and subject to proper consultation and any compensation to the few people impacted by the proposal.”

“I believe the right plan, in the right beach areas of Moreton Bay, with local support would be good for tourism, local seafood, sustainable fishing and the environment”

“Unfortunately, the Labor Government’s approach to rolling out similar zones in Central and North Queensland has not been well-handled and has upset many people. I call on the Government to consider Moreton Bay but to handle it better.

Key stakeholders supporting net free zones in Moreton Bay