Editorial: TIN Can Bay fishing advocate Joe McLeod is rightly concerned about a fishing report commissioned by the LNP Government.

The new Labor Government has just released the report which suggests major changes in the administration of fish stocks for commercial and amateur anglers.

Mr McLeod claims the changes, if implemented, could see our fish stocks become private property and sold to the highest bidder.

It's a frightening thought.

Thankfully the Labor Government seems cool on the plan and is asking for public submissions.

There is no doubt some sort of plan is needed to make sure we preserve our fish stocks into the future.

But that needs to be done in a responsible way, taking in to account the thousands of local anglers who enjoy wetting a line.

Fishing, like driving on the beach, is a major tourism drawcard for our region and the last thing we need is more fees that impact battlers.

Gympie Times


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