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Recreational fishing zones for
Moreton Bay Marine Park as proposed by Sunfish QLD

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   November comment from Ben Collins, Editor Bush 'n Beach Fishing magazine

I HOPE you have put a few words together and submitted them to the Queensland Fisheries Management Review. Depending on when you read this you may still have time, though you will have to hurry as submissions close October 30 at 5pm.

While fishing for many of us is only a recreation, we still need to make a concerted effort to be heard and get our valuable points across. We have been stung before with different outcomes, but I hope the current review will get the ball rolling on reforming the whole fishing industry.

It’s not going to be an easy job as there are so many vastly different issues that need to be addressed. But it is said the longest journey begins with a single step. So I guess now is the time for the Government to start putting in the hard yards.

There has also been some interesting activity regarding recreational fishing in and around Noosa. The ABC reported that the Noosa Shire Council wants the Queensland Government to ban commercial fishing on the Noosa north shore due to the impact on the fishery.

Submissions have apparently been lodged with the Queensland Fisheries Management Review suggesting the Government should buy back the commercial licences and not reissue existing ones that are about to expire. It’s great to see a local council recognising the impact of commercial activity and appreciating the true value that recreational angling brings to a community.

Similarly, Sunfish Queensland has asked the Government to set aside a section of Moreton Bay Marine Park solely for recreational fishing. You can check out the map of where Sunfish would like the recreational zone on by clicking  here.
In terms of the total area of the marine park, it appears Sunfish is only after a small percentage.

I actually think the area should be larger and include more of the southern part of Moreton Bay, but if approved it will certainly be a good starting point and a move in the right direction.

This is especially important because Sunfish has raised concerns that some of the whiting and other fish netted in the bay are not even sold locally but sent to markets in Sydney. Hopefully issues such as this and other loopholes will be addressed as part of the review.

Ben Collins