WHAT I BELIEVE
Fishing is one the most popular recreational activities in QLD. Fishing promotes mental and physical health and is enjoyed by millions of Australians each year. It injects billions of dollars into the QLD economy annually and employs over thousands of people directly and indirectly. Fishers have increasingly become the victims of green bureaucracy gone mad, while true facts and statistics are repeatedly ignored or, even worse, misrepresented. Marine parks, sanctuary zones, marine protected areas, and locked gates are just some examples of green bureaucracy gone mad. I believe in the viability of a sustainable commercial fishing sector, an industry which is critical to the QLD economy. Commercial fishing is critical for the supply of fresh, local seafood.
MY ACTION PLAN
1. I will protect traditional opportunities for fishing in QLD through feasible and fact-based regulation rather than green tape and rhetoric. Fishers are often best placed to identify marine environmental issues. They are vested in the health and fertility of our marine environment.
2. We believe that all revenue raised through fishing license fees and fines should managed by fishers and used exclusively for the betterment of fishing in QLD.
3. Stop the creation of new marine parks and support the existing marine parks being opened to sustainable recreational fishing.
4. Stop the commercialisation of existing marine sanctuary zones by diving companies.
5. Support all recreational fishing opportunities throughout QLD. Seek funding of community fishing safety education programs.
6. Enhance inland fishing via improved stocking rates, reduce cold water pollution and black water flood events.
7. Support the stocking of fish species to assist and maintain fish populations, provided that quality of stock is maintained.
8. Maintain scientifically based sustainable bag and possession limits for recreational fishers, with fairer bag limits for regional fishers.
9. Introduce measures to eliminate the threat and impact of invasive fish species such as the European Carp and mosquito fish.
10. Greater boating access for responsible users as well as increased funding for boat ramps, wash down facilities, and canoe launching areas.
11. Establish urban water fishing programs where most anglers live including opening selected but now closed waterways to fishing.
12. Expand access and opportunity for fishers with a disability.