Fishermen discuss govt marine plan

SUNFISH Fraser Coast will be hosting a public meeting at Tin Can Bay to discuss the Federal Government’s marine bio regional planning program, in particular the proposed Fraser area for further assessment.

All recreational fishers are invited to meet to discuss the proposal at the Tin Can Bay Country Club next Thursday, May 13 at 7.30pm.

The proposed Fraser area bio-region offshore from Rainbow Beach covers 13,042 square kilometres of water from south of Double Island Point to the wreck of the Maheno in the north.

Sunfish Fraser Coast chairman Scott Mitchell said the proposed zone could have serious implications for all recreational fishers, offshore charter operators and the commercial sector who use this important area.

The purpose of the meeting is to outline the proposal and gain the views of the recreational fishers, charter operators, tackle industry, marine suppliers, fishing guides and others on what areas are used, and ramifications to the local communities if any further access to fishing is lost.

“Any further restrictions to fishing access in this region will have a severe economic impact on the surrounding local communities,” Mr Mitchell said.

“We need to work together on this issue and present a strong case to the authorities to get the best deal possible.”

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