According to the p0ress communiqué of the State Government reveals that new rules will have to be introduced for snapper fishing off Queensland’s east coast. Primary Industries Minister Tim Mulherin says several studies have confirmed the species is over-fished in the area. He informed that the Government is keen to save those snapper from being overfished and has released several options for public comment including individual catch limits for commercial and charter operators and permit fees for recreational fishers.
As per Mulherin statement Fisheries Queensland provided advice that there should be a interim closure period for six weeks, which applies to both recreational, commercial and charter sectors. He informed that this closure is an interim measure from February 15 through to March 31, 2001.
The commercial fishing industry says it is stunned by the State Government decision to impose the six-week ban. Commercial fisherman Greg Calcino says it is a harsh blow to the industry. Queensland Seafood Industry Association spokesman Michael Gardner says the new rules are needed but they need to be shared across the sectors. He asked the government there is a need of a management arrangement where everybody is answerable to rebuilding this stock.