Fishing Classic threat
IT’S not only commercial fishermen from Mooloolaba to Bundaberg who would be affected by a proposed Federal ban on off-shore fishing, but the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic would also suffer.
On behalf of the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic, Linda Adam said this week the competition would have to cease operation if any substantial ban on fishing off the Rainbow Beach shore went ahead.
The Federal Government is currently reviewing fishing rights in a range of areas around the Australian coastline including a large area of ocean off the Cooloola and Fraser coasts.
Commercial and recreational fishermen are worried this review will lead to a future ban on fishing.
A submission handed to The Gympie Times, completed by organisers of the long-standing fishing competition, outlined the enormous impact the event had on the economy of Rainbow Beach.
“Any proposed green zone would have a devastating effect on our community as the economy revolves around tourism, commercial, recreational and charter fishing,” the submission said.
“As a major community not-for-profit organisation, we (the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic) do not support the proposed green zone.
“We believe that closure would be another ‘insulation mistake’ for Mr Garrett and would cause a huge amount of financial heartache and ruin to the people and families of our community.
“We are of the opinion that a management and protection plan would be far more effective, which would include a full investigation into the effectiveness of the level of environmental protection under the Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries management of the state’s sustainable fisheries.
“If this current method of management is infective, then the question ‘why’ should be publicly answered with supporting sound scientific data. Closure or a Green Zone is not a management plan but a radical quick fix that has many other implications.
“Other options must be exhausted before a Green Zone is considered.”