Federal Government does not support fishing bans

A FEDERAL Government MP rebutted claims that Canberra supports proposed net-fishing bans in the region.

"Net-fishing bans in the Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns regions are strictly Queensland Government proposals," Coalition Senator Matt Canavan said today.

"They are in no way endorsed or supported by the Commonwealth Government.

"If State Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne wants to put 50 or 60 fishing families and other seafood operators out of business, he shouldn't try to pretend the Federal Government in any way supports his job-destroying proposal."

In a radio interview in Rockhampton, Mr Byrne suggested the Federal Government supported the bans.

He told an interviewer: "Of course, we see the Federal Environment Minister has signed off on these net free zones as part of the Reef 2050 plan. We've got the federal Liberal National Party support(ing) these zones as part of the Reef 2050 plan."

"Bill's just verballing the Coalition Government. I have spoken to Environment Minister Greg Hunt and he in no way, shape or form supports Bill Byrne's net bans," Senator Canavan said.



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