Catching up with Queensland fisheries and seafood representatives
12 January 2016
The Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, today began a series of meetings with stakeholders in the Queensland fishing and seafood sectors to hear first-hand the issues of importance to their continued success.
Minister Ruston said it was important for governments to work with the industry to ensure they continued good management of Australia's fisheries, so they remain profitable and sustainable for future generations.
"Our capture fisheries and aquaculture sectors offer consumers in local and international markets a diverse range of delicious seafood choices—with national production forecast to be worth $2.9 billion in 2015–16," Minister Ruston said.
"Nearly 1500 licensed commercial fishing boats contribute more than 10 per cent of the nation´s capture production—in both quantity and value—in addition to the other valuable fish products such as bait and aquarium fish sourced under commercial harvest fishery licences.
"Queensland's commercial and recreational fisheries generate wealth and prosperity for communities along the state's coast, and contribute to the Queensland economy, including through tourism.
"Queensland is renowned for its recreational fishing. Indeed 'throwing a line in the water' is part of the Queensland way of life. Recreational anglers across the state extract more than 8500 tonnes of seafood each year for home consumption.
"Over the next nine days I will be meeting with stakeholders based in Mooloolaba, Hervey Bay, Mackay and Cairns, representing commercial fishers, seafood retailers and recreational fishers.
"This will enable me to directly engage with industry stakeholders to hear their insights, and will further my appreciation of the challenges and opportunities facing our fishing industry both in Queensland and nationally.
"Australia has a reputation as a supplier of safe, environmentally sustainable, high-quality seafood.
"We attract recreational anglers from around the globe, while many other tourists view the sampling of fresh seafood as integral to their Australian travel experience."