New North Coast Fisheries office opens in Coffs Harbour
TWENTY new commercial fisheries positions are coming to Coffs Harbour, Minister Katrina Hodgkinson today announced while opening the new North Coast Fisheries office.
The relocation of the government staff comes under the O'Farrell Government's Decade of Decentralisation scheme, which has shifted jobs from the Cronulla-based Fisheries Research Centre.
"Coffs Harbour is the nucleus for commercial fishing in NSW so it is a perfect fit for the State's commercial fisheries management to be based here," Ms Hodgkinson said.
"We are bringing up to 20 new jobs to Coffs Harbour, which will provide a boost to employment, economic and social benefits to the region.
North Coast Fisheries consists of a newly refurbished office at the Coffs Harbour Jetty and includes the existing Marine Parks office.
Research and records staff will be based at the National Marine Science Centre at the Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour campus.
"Commercial fisheries staff will be working to implement the recently announced commercial fisheries reform program," Ms Hodgkinson said.
"Recreational fisheries, marine park and research staff will work alongside them to support our important fisheries industry and aquatic environments.