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CLOSURE OF FISHING GROUNDS ON AGENDA WITH CHAMBER BREAKFAST @ FRASER COAST

June 23rd, 2010

Dear Members and Guests,
Hervey Bay Chamber Breakfast – Wednesday 30 June, 2010
at 6.45am for a 7.00am start at the Boat Club, Buccaneer Drive Urangan


Find out how the potential closure of our local Fishing Grounds could impact your business


Can Hervey Bay afford to let an industry that generates 100’s of millions of dollars for our local economy be put at risk through the potential closure of our fishing grounds?

Recently the Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced a series of areas for further assessment in a move to assess the unique economic and environmental values of the country’s east coast marine environment.  Unfortunately for the Fraser Coast region one of those areas is directly off the coast of Fraser Island and takes in some very prominent and highly productive fishing grounds.  Whilst the Federal Government has suggested that these are simply areas where more detailed information will be collected, history has shown that when fishing grounds are closed the impact of these closures on the economies of the coastal communities is significant.

In a 2000 report prepared by Mr I Murphy titled “Spending Habits of Recreational Fishermen and their Contributions to the Economy, Pumicestone Passage”, to quote the ozcoasts.org website,  it was estimated that fishers spend $38m to go fishing in the Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Straits area whilst fishers visiting the area are estimated to spend an additional $102m on accommodation. These estimates are for direct expenditure and do not include expenditure on capital such as boats, trailers or boat storage facilities. When the direct expenditure is considered together with the flow-on effects to the regional economy then the total impact on the region is considerable.

And this is just recreational fishing.  Consider the impact on the community of our commercial fishing industry and the money it generates for our economy.  If this Federal Government assessment results in the closure of our fishing grounds then all businesses in Hervey Bay will be affected. It is important that we all fully understand what the Federal Government is proposing and what this means for you.  .

To help us understand what is happening the Chamber will present three speakers:

  • A representative from the Federal Government to explain what the assessment is and why it is happening
  • Mr Scott Mitchell, Chairman of Sunfish Fraser Coast, who will explain the concerns of the recreational fishing industry; and
  • Mr Michael Garrahy, Director of Law Essentials and representative for the Queensland Seafood Industry Association who will explain the concerns of the commercial fishing sector.

DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT BREAKFAST

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For a low Cost of of $20 for Chamber members or $25 Non Members you really can’t afford to miss these great speakers.

Please RSVP before close of business Monday, 28 June, 2010

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OUR NEXT FUNCTION WILL BE OUR MONTHLY BREAKFAST ON  28 JULY, 2010

Sharon Philp
Chamber Secretariat
T: 0428 725 662

Received and published by Henry Sapiecha


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