Net-free fishing zones will cost jobs, push up prices: commercial fishermen

A bitter dispute has broken out between Queensland’s commercial and recreational fishers over the Government’s plan to introduce net-free zones. From November 1, commercial net fishers will no longer be able to operate in three areas, including one off the Cairns coastline, one in waters north of Mackay, and the largest zone between Keppel Bay and the Fitzroy River in central Queensland. “It could put in this area 60 to 70 people put of work – that doesn’t include associated industries like wholesalers or ice sales or rope supplies,”,,, Read the rest here 09:06

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