Boswell's 'fishing compo' call
QUEENSLAND Senator Ron Boswell says Environment Minister Peter Garrett must tell the commercial fishing industry how he will compensate them for any reduction in the allowable fishing effort, as a result of a current Commonwealth environmental assessment.
In an exclusive interview with The Gympie Times, published Saturday, Mr Garrett said that although there would be some marine protected areas as a result of such assessments around the country, the process was based on the need to protect existing industry.
Sen Boswell said up to 100 boats fishing from Mooloolaba, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Tin Can Bay fished the 13,000sq km area off Fraser Island.
He urged Mr Garrett to provide fishers with “a rapid assurance that any reduction in their fishing effort will be properly compensated. The Howard Government paid $255 million in compensation for the restraints on fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and it is now up to Mr Garrett to commit to spending whatever it takes.”
Mr Garrett said he did not expect recommendations from the review until next year.