Port expansion shrinks fishing area

INDUSTRY earmarked for the Gladstone region may create jobs, but it could come at a cost, according to Gladstone Regional Council.

Councillors yesterday were unhappy with the impact the Gladstone Ports Corporation’s Fisherman’s Landing expansion project would have on local fishermen.

In his submission to the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, council CEO Graeme Kanofski pointed out that about 414 hectares – including the Gladstone harbour and exclusion zones – would no longer be available for fishing and recreational use.

“This loss will not just be felt by the current generation, but generations to come who will no longer live in an area with good fishing and crabbing,” Mr Kanofski said.

Mr Kanofski said commercial fisherman also needed to be compensated for the loss of productive fishing areas.

The EIS can be viewed at www.gpcl.com.au.



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