Fishing candidate wants to voice marine industry's issues

PUSHING the 'I fish and I vote' message, Senate hopeful and avid fisherman Daniel McCarthy visited Hervey Bay on Tuesday to talk to locals about issues confronting the region.

Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party Queensland Senate candidate Mr McCarthy, 42, said he's looking to represent regional Queenslanders and step away from metropolitan domination in the Senate.

"We want to allow regional areas to have a voice," Mr McCarthy said.

He said he wished to bring a balanced view to issues, especially the future management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

"I am very much an advocate for appropriate environmental protection," he said.

He said the people making decisions were rarely affected by their outcomes.

"It makes me so wild when they talk about locking up a third of the marine park," Mr McCarthy said.

He said he would like to come up with realistic management plans to focus on real solutions.

Mr McCarthy said he had spent a lot of time trying to get the marine industry's issues represented in the political arena.



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