Queenslanders wish to retain their right to buy fresh local caught seafood and oppose any fishing closures.

MORE than 5000 people have signed petitions calling on parliament to block legislation to implement three net-free zones off Cairns, Mackay and the Capricorn Coast. Labor has allocated $10 million in this week’s State Budget to buy back commercial fishing licences,, But the petition urged MPs not to support the proposed net fishing bans.  75% of Queenslanders cannot or do not fish and rely on net fisheries to access fresh local fish. Reduced access to fishing areas will lead to the demise of family owned commercial fishing businesses. Read the rest here 21:35