Posted March 04, 2020 12:19:25The state’s primary fisheries sector has lost more than US$20 million a year to pollution, under-funding and understaffing, according to a new report by the Queensland government.
Key points:The Queensland Government has said it will tackle the issue by implementing its first comprehensive marine protection policy for over a decadeBering Fishery has been the most affected in the state since the 1950sBering is one of Australia’s most popular fishing destinations due to its abundance of bluefin tuna and big-eye catfishTuna stocks are recovering but the state’s fish industry is still struggling with the impact of pollution and over-exploitationBering has been a major fishing destination for many years, with many locals still living off its pristine blue waters and large amounts of whale meat.
Its importance to the tourism industry has also meant it attracts some of the world’s biggest tuna processors and is also a popular spot for fishermen to gather.
In addition to the pollution and pollution related problems, the state is facing a serious under-resourcing problem with its fisheries department, which has been struggling to provide enough staff to handle the demands of a rapidly changing industry.
Bering Fisheries is the state sector that is most affected by pollution, and in recent years, has suffered from understaffed and underfunded staff, according the report.
While the number of staff in Bering Fisheries has been increasing over the past decade, the amount of time and effort it has been taking to hire staff has been declining, the report says.
“Bering’s fishery management department has been under-funded over the last decade due to the impact on the environment and the loss of fishing income,” the report states.
“It has been reported that, for example, over the period from 2017 to 2021, the number working in the Bering Fisheries Fisheries Division has decreased by 18 per cent.”
The Queensland government said the report was based on a comprehensive marine management policy that had been developed with industry stakeholders.
“In 2018-19, we launched a comprehensive fisheries management policy to provide the Queensland Government with a clear plan for the management of Bering’s iconic fishery and the future of the Bered Sea region,” Queensland Fisheries Minister Peter Dutton said.
“We’ve taken action to improve our management practices and provide more staff to meet the growing demand for our fishery.”‘
It is not sustainable’In an effort to improve the management, the Queensland Fisheries Department has launched a new recruitment drive, but says the new process is “not sustainable” and it is not taking advantage of its existing workforce.
“I’m not sure what our future looks like with this new recruitment process.
I think that we’ve been very diligent in recruiting and it’s not sustainable,” Queensland fisheries commissioner David MacNeil said.
Bered Sea Fishery is the largest of Australia and includes the Boring, Bering, Bewick, Bogan, Bongara and Bay of Plenty.
It’s also known for its bluefin, red, bullhead and yellowfin tuna, and is popular with international tourists and local fishermen.
However, it’s also seen as one of the biggest targets for pollution in the world due to overfishing, pollution, over-fishing by recreational anglers, and the over-use of its iconic catch, including bluefin.
The state government says it will implement its first-ever comprehensive marine protected policy for nearly a decade.
“The first phase of this comprehensive marine conservation policy is underway with a plan to target and improve the overall management of the Queensland Bering Sea,” Queensland’s Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Mark Bailey, said.”[The policy] will include the following:Implement a comprehensive management plan to ensure the Berygota is managed with a focus on sustainable fisheries management.”
The new plan includes measures to improve management and improve sustainable fishing, including:Immediately develop a plan for a sustainable fishery in Beredo and protect the Borygota from overfished fish, particularly those with highly toxic species, to prevent them from becoming a source of disease, and to reduce the impact this has on local communities.
Implement an annual fish count, which will be based on the Barygota’s catch, and assess the impact it has on the marine environment.
Immediately conduct an assessment of the impact the Boriesgota has on commercial fisheries to identify the areas where management is needed most.
Immediate steps to improve control and monitoring of toxic species are to be taken to ensure that Borygoans catch is not impacted.
Implemented a new management plan, including measures to increase management and to increase staff to monitor and manage the Beralgota, and improve control measures and monitoring.
Impled an annual catch quota for