Report: 80 recommendations for improving fisheries in Qld
SEPARATING fish species into three tiers according to their importance is one recommendation outlined in a report made public on Tuesday.
A fisheries management report has further highlighted the ongoing battle between recreational and commercial fishers and Queenslanders have been invited to have their say on it.
The Taking Stock: Modernising Fisheries Management in Queensland report, which independent consultants MRAG Asia Pacific put together, outlined 80 recommendations for improving fisheries in Queensland.
One of the recommendations was categorising species into tiers, which would allow authorities to determine the level of management needed.
For example, tier one stocks would be those at the highest level of social and economic importance while tier three stocks would need little management.
Each tier would have different harvest strategies.
The report also recommended a "whole of government" policy position for marine parks and fisheries areas and for all commercial fish buyers to be registered and report their purchases.
The report said 279 submissions were made with the majority from recreational fishers. It said there was strong support for zoning concepts from recreational fishers.
"There was a strong flavour, particularly amongst recreational fishing submissions, that inshore fish stocks were in a depleted state and that action needed to be taken to promote recovery," the report said. "Many wanted a better chance to catch a fish."
Queensland Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne tabled the report in Parliament on Tuesday.
The "secret" report was available to the government in December last year but the LNP government did not release it.
"This independent report poses serious questions for the community and for industry," Mr Byrne said.
He said the government would respond to the report by the end of 2015.
The full report can be viewed at daf.qld.gov.au.