NET-FREE: A proposed map of the future net-free zone in the Yeppoon/Rockhampton area.
NET-FREE: A proposed map of the future net-free zone in the Yeppoon/Rockhampton area. Contributed

Have your say on net-free fishing zones

THE QUEENSLAND Government released consultation maps of proposed net-free fishing zones at Cairns, Mackay and the Yeppoon/Rockhampton area yesterday.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne said in a statement released to The Morning Bulletin the government was on track to implementing these zones by the end of the year.

"We went to the state election with a commitment to establish net-free zones at Trinity Bay, Cairns, St Helens Beach to Cape Hillsborough, north of Mackay and Yeppoon/Keppel Bay/Fitzroy River, Capricorn Coast," Mr Byrne said.

"Having completed a first round of targeted industry stakeholder consultation we now want to include the community on the proposed boundaries for each zone."

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga was quoted in the release where she said the Palaszczuk Government had released a fact sheet for each proposed zone, that provided details about current commercial net fishing in the zones and the proposed boundaries.

"These boundaries will give the community a better understanding of the areas involved," she said.

"We are keen to receive public feedback. These consultation maps will assist with that process and I urge people to have their say."

The comments period will close on Monday, June 15.

To comment visit getinvolved.qld.gov.au.

For more information on the zones, call 13 25 23.

FISHY FACTS

Number of licences currently operating in the zone 37 (2012), 45 (2013) and 38 (2014).

Fulltime equivalent licences operating in zone 25 (2012), 27 (2013) and 24 (2014).

Average catch of top species in proposed zone:

Barramundi - 114.52

King threadfin - 40.44

Blue threadfin - 37.88

Mullet - 13.82

Jewfish (unspecified) - 5.22

Whiting - 3.91



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