Queensland Election Policy Response UPDATE (23/10/2020)     

Please refer to statements posted on AFTA Website

Labor PartyLNPOne NationGreensKatter PartySandy Bolton IND.Jason Costigan NQ First
Fisheries Management:
Will you commit to appointing a Fisheries Management Advisory Committee with members from the recreational, commercial, fishing tourism and Indigenous Traditional fishing sectors to oversee the planning and implementation of all fishery Management Frameworks and Harvest Strategies?Not AddressedYESNot AddressedYESNo ResponsePartial ReponseNo Response
Will you commit to establishing a Ministerial Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee to report directly to the Minister on specific issues relating to the recreational fishing sector?Not AddressedYESNot AddressedYESNo ResponsePartial ReponseNo Response
Will you bring to parliament the legislation needed to finish the final stage implementation of the sustainable fisheries strategy and reforms in relation to commercial inshore net, crab and trawl fisheries?Not AddressedYESNot AddressedYESNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Marine Parks & Net Free Zones (NFZ’s):
Do you support Net Free Zones (NFZ’s)?Partial Reponse$6M Vountary Buy-BackNot AddressedYESNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Will you commit to support the current NFZ’s without changing boundaries rules to accommodate increased commercial effort of any kind?Partial ReponseNONot AddressedYESNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Will you commit to increasing the number of NFZ’s? If yes will the Moreton Bay Marine Park one of the destinations?Not AddressedNONot AddressedWill ConsiderNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Will you commit to remove the allowed netting exemption from Yellow Zone in the Sandy Straights Marine Park?Not AddressedNONot AddressedYESNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Will you commit to a no lock-out, threat and risk-based approach to marine park management, including for any new Queensland marine parks?Not AddressedNot AddressedNot AddressedYESNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Bag Limits & Closures:
Will you commit to halt the snapper / pearl perch fishing closure until there is credible science to back it up and commit to not banning or restricting fishing competitions such as the Flathead Classic.Not AddressedNot AddressedNot AddressedWill ConsiderNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Will you commit to address the inequity and mismanagement as witnessed in the closure of the Black Jewfish on the east coast simply because the commercial fishery had reached its quota? This is ludicrous and another restriction on angling and our trade, a recreational catch should never be aligned with commercial TAC that why we have bag limits.Not AddressedNot AddressedNot AddressedNot AddressedNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Will you commit to a review the recent bag limit changes, in particular the two-person bag limits as a boat limit and the 20 baitfish per person rule for certain species until there is credible science on which to make decisions?  Queensland limits are amongst the strictest in Australia. AFTA is supportive of size limit increases as this benefits an increase in fish stocksNot AddressedWill ConsiderNot AddressedNot AddressedNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Will you commit to change the current “no target” rule for both Snapper and Barramundi in the respective closed season and change it to a “no take” rule so that catch and release fishing can be practiced to reduce the impact on RecFishers and fishing tourism?Not AddressedNot AddressedNot AddressedNot AddressedNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Light Weight Crab Pots:
Will you commit to a halt on the ban on light weight crab pots until a full and inclusive study has been done?    Not AddressedWill ConsiderNot AddressedWill ConsiderNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Qld Recreational Fishing Grants Program
What is your plan for funding recreational facilities & infrastructure over the next 4 years?Not AddressedIn ReportNot AddressedWill ConsiderNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Artificial Reefs and Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) 
What is your commitment to allow “Wreck” reefs to be opened up to allow Recreational Fishing.Not AddressedNot AddressedNot AddressedNoNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
What is your commitment to expanding the current FAD location program that runs from south Frazer Island to the Qld Border and if so how many and what locations over what time frame?Partial Reponse$1.5m for 3 ReefsNot AddressedWill ConsiderNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Fishing License/Compulsory Registration:
Do you  plan to introduce a recreational fishing licence or compulsory registration?Not AddressedNONot AddressedNoNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response
Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS)
With the impacts of COVID-19, will you commit to freezing the SIPS fee for the next 4 years, if not, why not?Not AddressedNot AddressedNot AddressedNoNo ResponseNot AddressedNo Response