Qld govt review of mud crab, snapper stocks, compensation and fishing closures attacked by LNP

A STATE government review of fisheries regulations had the potential to force hundreds of commercial fishers out of business, says the LNP.

A PEARLER: Jamie Cogan with a quality pearl perch caught off Point Lookout.

A PEARLER: Jamie Cogan with a quality pearl perch caught off Point Lookout.

Key proposals include setting sustainable catch limits for crab, snapper and pearl perch, reducing the mud crab possession limit from 10 to seven and starting a one-month seasonal closure for snapper and pearl perch to rebuild overfished stocks.

Opposition fisheries spokesman Tony Perrett called for a halt to proposed changes, saying the government was not listening to industry.

"Under the proposed changes listed in the released discussion paper, quota changes to certain fisheries species will see allowable take reduced to well below business viability for many fishers," Mr Perrett said.

"Generational fishing businesses and jobs are being whipped away due to Labor arbitrarily squeezing them out, by reducing their quota to unsustainable levels.

"All these changes are being imposed on fishers without a cent of compensation.

"To make matters worse, the Palaszczuk Labor Government hasn't completed modelling on the impact the reduction in available Queensland fisheries will have on local and domestic seafood supply."

Fisheries Minister Mark Furner hit back, saying the review was started by the LNP but it lacked enough ticker to sort out tough fisheries' issues.

He said the former Newman government started the reform process in 2014 with the MRAG report.

"The LNP then tried to hide the report from Queenslanders because it does not have the courage to do what's necessary to build a legacy of a sustainable fishery for our children and grandchildren," he said.

"In contrast, the Palaszczuk government released the report and has developed, consulted on and fully funded a 10-year program of reform to give Queenslanders a world class fisheries system."

He said Mr Perrett was dealing in myths about the impacts of quotas which were refuted in the LNP's own MRAG report.

"After more than four years in Opposition Mr Perrett and the LNP have not even bothered to formulate a fisheries policy, except their commitment at the 2017 election to continue with the MRAG reforms," he said.

"Mr Perrett's comments are lazy, ill-informed sniping and they do the fishing industry, and indeed all Queenslanders, a massive disservice."

Mr Perrett said the changes would mean less local seafood in markets and more imports.

Queensland Seafood Industry Association chief executive Eric Perez said quota changes had not been developed in "full" consultation with industry and did not represent best practice.

"Industry were asked to provide feedback on how to manage our fisheries and quota was not supported by most commercial fishers," Mr Perez said.

Mr Furner said he had met with QSIA and other commercial fishery representatives many times.