Minister Listens To Concerns Of Recreational Fishing Industry

Minister Listens To Concerns Of Recreational Fishing Industry

New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair

Minister Meets With Recreational Fishing Industry

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair met with a number of representatives from the recreational fishing industry to hear their input following the recent Marine Estate Management Authority marine proposal announcement.

“There has been considerable angst over the proposal and I am committed to making sure we get the balance right for our local communities, our fishers and the environment.” Minister Blair said.

“This is a balancing act, but make no mistake, the voices of our fishers will be heard loud and clear throughout this consultation period.”

Recreational fishing sector plays a huge role in driving tourism, our economy, jobs and the social well-being of our State.

“We had a productive meeting in which we spoke of alternative management arrangements, the perceptions of the proposal as anti-fishing, the need for simple and easy feedback forms and concerns that a number of the sites didn’t take local knowledge into account.” Minister Blair said.

A key request too, was that any final proposal made sure fishers were recognised as being part of the solution rather than just a risk to the marine environment.

“As a fisherman myself, I understand these concerns clearly. My job is to advocate for the fishers of New South Wales and I won’t be leaving our fishers’ voices out of this process.” Minister Blair said.

Everyone across New South Wales now has a chance to have their say on the proposals, which involve 25 specific sites, dotted between Newcastle and Wollongong.

“I encourage concerned fishers to view the proposals to ensure the best possible feedback.” Minister Blair said.