Have your say on fisheries and aquaculture

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is calling those involved in the north’s fishing industry to submit ideas on how to streamline regulation affecting the nation’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors. 

Senator Macdonald said the Productivity Commission had today released an issues paper for the sector, in an effort to better streamline the industry and create a more competitive, transparent and efficient business environment.

“From my five years as Fisheries Minister, I know Queensland fishermen will have any number of relevant and reasonable suggestions on how to streamline fisheries regulations,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The fishing industry is sustainable and no fisherman would have it otherwise.

“But there does seem to be in the fishing industry regulations that are there purely for political purposes or have been introduced to appease a vocal few who claim to have better knowledge than the scientists and professional managers who advise the Government.”

Senator Macdonald said the inquiry was a commitment of the Agriculture Competitiveness and Northern Australia White Papers.

“I welcome the Productivity Commission’s investigation and urge Queensland fishermen to participate and have their say.”

The Productivity Commission is due to report back to government by the end of 2016, and submissions on the issues paper are due by 31 March, 2016. 

The issues paper and details on how to provide a submission are available on the Productivity Commission websitewww.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/fisheries-aquaculture

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