No changes to Great Sandy Marine Park recreational fishing
THE State Government will not make changes to allow recreational fishers to cast a line in Great Sandy Marine Park green zones - the region's national parks of the sea - despite reviewing the zones elsewhere.
Minister for National Parks Steve Dickson said the government was now considering allowing recreational on-shore one-line fishing at Scotts Point in the Moreton Bay Marine Park.
He said it has invited suggestions about other locations where a similar proposal could work, provided they were in an area with "good public access to the shoreline, and where recreational fishing would have minimal impact on the environment".
However, he told the Chronicle the suggestion would not apply to off-shore green zones and claimed the government had no current plans to open "any green zones in the Great Sandy Marine Park to either recreational or commercial fishing".
Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern said "there is only a small area of green zone in the Great Sandy Marine Park in my part of the electorate" and "I don't see that a proposal to allow line fishing from the beach in the green zone will add any great benefit to the areas already available for fishing along the coast and in the rivers".
Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance president Scott Mitchell said he believed the green zones were effective as they stood and could see no reason for changes.
He did, however, urge the government to review what he said was an "abnormally" in the GSMP which allows for commercial fishing in some areas - something he said was supposed to be reviewed years ago but was never done.
Great Sandy facts
- No-take activities such as diving and photography are allowed in marine park green zones
- In the Great Sandy designated area licensed commercial net, yabby and bloodworm fisheries are allowed
- When fishing outside this designated area, fishers must comply with the restrictions for the zone they are in
- There are five zones in the park: marine national park, buffer, conservation park, habitat protection and general use