Productivity Commission calls for input on marine issues

AS PART of its inquiry into Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture, the Productivity Commission will be travelling to Yamba and Coffs Harbour this week.

“In the course of the inquiry we will be visiting a number of locations where fishing is important to the economy and community, whether it’s commercial, recreational or customary fishing,” said Commissioner Melinda Cilento.

“We are meeting with recreational, commercial groups, researchers as well as various authorities, to get their views on ways to improve and simplify fishing regulation without compromising fishery policy or environmental objectives,” Commissioner Melinda Cilento said.

On Thursday there will be a community forum at the Park Beach Bowls Club in Coffs Harbour. Any member of the community with an interest in the marine environment is welcome to attend.

“Unfortunately we can’t talk to everyone but I would really like to encourage anyone in NSW North Coast who has an interest in marine fishing to provide a submission,” she said.

“You don’t have to fish to make your views known, you may have an interest in how the marine environment is managed.”

The Commission is seeking submissions as the primary form of input to the inquiry. However, stakeholders also have the option of just making a brief comment on the inquiry web page.

Questionnaires have also been set up on the Productivity Commission website to hear from those with a specific interest in recreational or commercial fishing at: www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/fisheries-aquaculture.

The Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture inquiry is wide-ranging and covers all fisheries users – recreational, customary and commercial.

“This inquiry is important because our limited marine resource needs to be shared among different users and managed in a way that will ensure Australians can enjoy and get the most value from our marine resources now and into the future,” the Commissioner said.

The Productivity Commission encourages people to visit their website and read the recently released issues paper developed to help individuals and organisations understand how to have input into the Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture Inquiry. The Issues Paper is available at: www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/fisheries-aquaculture

The inquiry will identify opportunities to increase productivity and improve regulation, including identifying where regulations are poorly coordinated between jurisdictions. Aquaculture and fish processing, wholesaling and retailing are within the scope of the review.



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