Net-free zones hit the water today
NEW netting laws affecting commercial fishermen operating in the Fitzroy River and Keppel Bay areas come into effect from midday today.
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister and Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne said three net-free areas would bring significant benefits to the state's local economies.
Our region is one of three across the state where the new net-free areas will operate.
"There is enormous public support for the introduction of the zones, with more than 90% of submissions received during the consultation process in favour of introducing net-free zones," he said.
Mr Byrne said a $10 million adjustment package for commercial fishers affected by the net-free zones had been established to buyback licences from fishers who wanted to transition out of the industry.
The minister said eligible fishers need to accept the offer by December 2.