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

RECENTLY the Queensland LNP Government announced it will undertake a wide-ranging review of fisheries management to deliver a better system for the state’s commercial and recreational fishers. In my opinion this review is well overdue but if done correctly it should ensure we have a world-class fishery for years to come.

However, after reading the initial press release and statements from Fisheries Minister John McVeigh, there appears to be limited direction for where the review will head. This is evident in this excerpt from a subsequent Fisheries Queensland review update: It is too soon to say particular issues that will be addressed, as this will need to be identified and discussed with stakeholders during the consultation process.

DAFF must have some idea of what needs to be addressed, so it is a little disheartening to see the above. Here is a great opportunity to get some effective management in place but it appears the chain is already being dragged. Yes, it is going to be a massive task with several hundred if not thousands of issues, but there ought to be better understanding and focus, or at least an initial plan as to how macro or micro the review will go into particular issues.

Maybe I am just being negative and should perhaps look at it from a different angle, seeing it as a chance to have a fishery management system that actually works across the board. But I can’t help being a little sceptical, as all too often recreational fishers have drawn the short straw, despite the fact I believe most are keen to have a sustainable fishery. To be honest, at present the fishery is basically self-regulated and relies on anglers following the rules.

Unfortunately there are both recreational and commercial fishers who have little or no regard for the rules, so hopefully this will be one of the issues addressed. For more regular information on this review keep an eye on our Facebook page and Fisho Forum at www.bnbfishing.com.au/forum We will have any future updates in upcoming issues of the mag as well.

On a different note, Easter school holidays are fast approaching. If you haven’t already made plans you will find a few articles in this edition that might help you decide on a last-minute fishing or holiday destination.Traditionally Easter is a very busy time and I don’t think this year will be any different. So whether you are on the road or water it is important to take care and be patient. Also try to plan your trip to miss the bulk of the traffic, which will help make your time away more enjoyable.

The Tinnie and Tackle Show is on the first weekend of the Easter school holidays. Combined with the National 4X4 & Outdoors Show it really caters to a wide audience and is well worth attending. For anyone looking to sign up to BNB at the show – don’t forget that on top of our already great subscription offer, those who subscribe at the show will also go into the draw to win a kitted-out Viking Profish 45 kayak.

Hope to see you there.

 

Ben Collins