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Time to have your say on marine park future

FRASER Coast fishermen and residents can have their say on the future of our Great Sandy Marine Park as the government embarks on its highly anticipated fisheries review.

The review is designed to ensure the state's fisheries are sustainable and the management is simplified.

Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance president Scott Mitchell plans to campaign hard against the current zoning in the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park.

Mr Mitchell said fish species had declined rapidly since he had arrived in the region in 2006.

"All we're pushing for is that this marine park should never have been created the way it has been created," he said.

The review is also expected to improve the management of Queensland's fisheries and independent consultant MRAG Asia Pacific has been appointed to spearhead the review.

Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said MRAG had been chosen due to its extensive national and international fisheries experience.

"Fishing industry groups have indicated to me that a total overhaul of fisheries management in Queensland is long overdue," he said.

A Ministerial Advisory Committee consisting of 12 representatives had also been formed to directly advise Mr McVeigh.

On the 12-member board are three recreational fishers and seven comm- ercial industry members, including the Fraser Coast's Stephen Murphy.

Mr McVeigh said written submissions could be made to MRAG Asia Pacific independent consultants who were working with his department on the Fisheries Management Review.

He said it was important all fishing sectors, as well as community groups with an interest in fishing, provided input into the review.

Topics:  anglers, fishermen, fishing, review, sandy strait




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