Labor Allows Lobster Industry To Flounder On The Rocks

Labor Allows Lobster Industry To Flounder On The Rocks

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Fisheries Rene Hidding

Rock Lobster Industry Below Rock Bottom

Victor P Taffa

Urgent answers are required from Fisheries Minister Bryan Green about the state of Tasmania’s vital Rock Lobster Industry.

“This iconic industry, a flagship for our premium produce brand, is in serious trouble. Trade bans into China, ever increasing fees and costs and a worrying decline in fish stocks have all been complicated by the rapid spread of Centrostephanus.” Shadow Minister for Fisheries Rene Hidding said today.

“Mr. Green must also explain whether he is working with and supporting the commercialization of the Centrostephauns that is currently taking place by a business in St. Helens.”

“This business provides an opportunity for divers to operate where best suits the rock lobster industry and must be an option that is seriously considered for wider eradication options for the sea urchin.” Mr. Hidding said.

“On top of all this, the industry has a disengaged Minister who appears not to be representing the state’s industry at a federal level, or advancing any long term plan for a sustainable fishery.”

“This is no time for Labor’s usually bumbling, do nothing approach. It is time for serious leadership, and Mr. Green is running out of time to provide it.” Mr. Hidding said.