1. Commercial netting of Queensland’s inshore waters must be progressively and significantly reduced in terms of real effort, total catch and number of operators in the fishery
2. The assessment and implementation of numerous net-free areas along the length of the Queensland coast, especially in areas of high recreational fishing use, should be commenced in 2014
3. There must be a total commercial netting ban on all species of mackerel introduced as a matter of extreme urgency – sustainable commercial line fishing for mackerel is acceptable
4. Fisheries Management in Queensland must be urgently and completely overhauled in terms of vision, philosophy and approach and world best practice fisheries management implemented as a top priority
5. A recreational fishing licence/permit for Queensland is supported conditional on it being structured in order to ensure all funds raised are directed solely for the benefit of recreational fishing and fishers by way of a Trust Fund overseen by a stakeholder Board comprising a majority from the recreational fishing sector that manages the prioritisation and expenditure of the funds raised from the scheme.
What will QRFN do?
1. QRFN will provide independent information, advice and opinion regarding the condition and management of fish stocks in Queensland, to the recreational fishing sector and any relevant fisheries agencies, organisations, businesses and individuals with an interest in the wellbeing of the state’s fisheries.
2. QRFN will advocate, campaign and lobby in pursuit of achieving significant improvement in the way the state’s fish resources are managed and allocated
3. QRFN will at all times adopt positions and campaign with the long term interests of achieving a sustainable fishery in Queensland as top priority