A Labor Government will boost recreational fishing for the five million Australians who take part in it by protecting fish stocks from super trawlers and giving them input into federal government decision making.
Speaking to recreational fishers in Batemans Bay today, Mr Fitzgibbon said Labor remains committed to preventing the operation of all super trawlers in Australian waters, unless a thorough assessment against the most up-to-date science can verify these operations will not undermine small pelagic fisheries and recreational fishing spots.
Labor's support for recreational fishing is also why Labor voted in the Senate last November against the Turnbull Government's attempt to allow the resumption of the Geelong Star's night-time operations.
We remain committed to the establishment of a National Recreational Fishing Council to act as a point of engagement between the recreational fishing community and a Labor Government. In Government, the Council will be chaired by Labor's Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry.
Our recreational fishers make a significant contribution to regional economies and deserve the support of the Federal Government.
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JOEL FITZGIBBON MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY
MEMBER FOR HUNTER
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR GILMORE