GILL netting of beaches, the Great Sandy Strait and the Noosa and Mary rivers would be banned if ALP Wide Bay candidate Lucy Stanton has her way.
Ms Stanton has called for net-free zones for the two rivers, along the Noosa north shore, Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait and the Noosa River lakes as a step towards World Heritage listing.
She said Federal and State Labor governments had pledged in 2010 to pursue World Heritage listing, an outcome Australia has until 2020 to achieve after being granted a tentative listing.
Ms Stanton said there were far greater benefits to be gained from eco-tourism and an improved recreational fishing resource than from beach netting.
“I want to protect the environment and drive eco-tourism,” Ms Stanton said.
“If we are going to enhance the recreational fishing experience resource extractive industries like gill-net fishing have to come to an end.
“Our fish resource can attract a lot of money through eco-tourism. We are crying out for job opportunities.
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In 1958, John Redden started Redden Net Co. Ltd to supply commercial fishing gear to the fishing communities of the Pacific Northwest. Now, more than fifty years later, we have an in-house net loft staffed by professional, experienced net builders – and our executive team has more than 100 combined years of experience in every facet of industrial netting. So no matter what industry you’re in, if you need a net, we can build it.
Over the last fifty years, our technology, applications, and materials have become more complex, but our business philosophy remains simple. Treat employees and customers – right. We do. And we’ll do it for you.