Seafood Industry Australia welcomes the recent legislative changes that see Indigenous and recreational fishers having a more formal role in the management of Commonwealth fisheries.
“There is a growing understanding of the shared nature of our ocean and its fish stocks”, Jane Lovell, CEO of Seafood Industry Australia said. “Balancing resource allocation can’t really be effective if some of the key voices and interest groups aren’t around the table.”
“We welcome the changes to the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Fisheries Administration Act 1991. Formalising the involvement of Indigenous and recreational fishers is a positive step forward. I firmly believe it is through constructive consultation and shared understanding that we can move beyond the historically often adversarial approach to resource access,” Ms Lovell said.
“SIA is all about unity. In working to unify our industry we also need to develop healthy working relationships with others. We have had initial conversations with Indigenous and recreational fishers and some of their representative organisations. For us, it is about finding the common ground and working to grow that.”
“And it seems the Parliament was also on a unity ticket in regard to these amendments. It is really pleasing to see the delivery of another election commitment with bipartisan support.”
Jane Lovell, CEO
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