Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Snapper Ban a Surprise to Fisherman; Closure Seen as Wayto Appease Greenies

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Snapper Ban a Surprise to Fisherman; Closure Seen as Wayto Appease Greenies

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Byline: Mike Derry

THE ban on catching snapper for six weeks next year came as a total surprise to fishing industry representative Steve Campbell.

The closure, announced this week by fisheries minister Tim Mulherin, will prohibit the capture of snapper, pearl perch and teraglin from February 15 to March 31 next year.

Mr Campbell, who is based in Bundaberg, has been in the industry for about 20 years.

As a linefishing delegate on the Queensland Seafood Industry Association, he has been involved in the consultation process with the state government on snapper for two years.

But he said this week's announcement "came out of the blue".

"I've sat in on a number of meetings, but it was never mentioned this was going to happen," he said.

Mr Campbell said if he was unable to catch the three species affected by the closure, it would be economically unviable for him to go to sea.

He was also puzzled by the timing of the closure, since snapper spawn later in the year. …

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