Aquaculture

Labor knows going fishing is a way of life for many Tasmanians, their families and friends.

Labor will always stand up for the right of Tasmanians to enjoy catching a fish or two.

Fishing is also a large part of the Tasmanian economy and community and Labor will continue to actively support recreational fishing and ensure access to our iconic Tasmanian coastal waters and estuaries.

Working for Tasmanians to Support Recreational Fishing

Labor knows going fishing is a way of life for many Tasmanians, their families and friends.

Labor will always stand up for the right of Tasmanians to enjoy catching a fish or two.

Fishing is also a large part of the Tasmanian economy and community and Labor will continue to actively support recreational fishing and ensure access to our iconic Tasmanian coastal waters and estuaries.

No fishing tax – Labor will not introduce new fees, licences, levies or taxes on recreational fishers and fight the Liberals’ plans to introduce a boat fishing levy (tax).

Building better facilities – Labor will invest $2 million in better boat ramps and associated facilities.

This includes toilet facilities at more remote boat ramps across the state, upgrades to boat ramps and the installation of fish cleaning facilities where required.

Buying back commercial net fishing licences – Labor will create a $1.5m fund to buy back commercial net fishing licences.

The aim is to increase fish stocks for recreational fishers while allowing commercial net fishers to exit the industry if they wish. The buyback will not be compulsory with fishers opting in with expressions of interest that will be weighted on value for money and relative fish stocks, with a view to reducing the commercial catch in areas frequented by the recreational fishers.

Better rock lobster access for recreational fishers – Labor commits to review rock lobster access on the East Coast for recreational fishers, including the potential for ‘recreational rock lobster only areas’ in consultation with the commercial rock lobster industry.

Further, Labor commits to no further cuts to individual bag, possession limits or season length.

Ensuring there’s enough flathead for future generations – Catching flathead is one of most iconic recreational fishing experiences in Tasmania. We all want our kids, grandkids, and their grandkids, to be able to share in this tradition.

Labor will invest $750,000 in a Recovery Plan for flathead to make sure future generations don’t miss out.

A strong voice for recreational fishers – Labor will provide $1m for four years for TARFish to provide an independent voice for the recreational fishing sector. This will include undertaking an organisational renewal project that facilitates fisher representative elections in 2022-23.

Promoting the value of fishing – Labor will allocate $400,000 over four years to increase promotion of kids and family fishing days, as well as the physical and mental health benefits of fishing.

Fishing for everyone – Labor will invest $100,000 to investigate options for future land based infrastructure improvements to increase salt water fishing participation for fishers without access to a motor boat or with limited mobility.

Further, Labor will support Tasmanians to keep fishing by changing group fishing rules for licensed fisheries to enable older and mobility impaired Tasmanians to continue to participate in fishing.

Listening to fishers – Labor supports the restructure the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee (RecFAC) to allow more recreational fishers to participate.

Labor also commits to annual statewide meetings being organised with the relevant minister to hear recreational fishers’ views.

Planning for the future – Labor commits to develop and implement a 10-year recreational sea fishing strategy.

Download a copy of Labor’s Plan.

Working for Tasmanians to Support our Seafood Sector

Tasmania’s seafood sector is one of our greatest success stories of recent decades. The industry supports thousands of jobs across the State.

The past 18 months have been particularly challenging for the industry, as trade tensions with China hurtexporters and lockdowns affected businesses that supply the restaurant industry.

Labor will back our seafood sector as we navigate these challenges, and we will seize the newopportunities before us.

The industry and Tasmania as a whole will emerge stronger together.

Labor will establish a Seafood Industry Taskforce

The taskforce will work with the seafood sector to develop a 10 year industry plan.

The plan will address current market disruption and uncertainty, develop strategies to support the industry to expand into new markets, improve skills training within the industry and support emerging marine industries.

$4 million will be provided to support the work of the Taskforce.

Labor will support IMAS to support our seafood sector

Research and development is an essential part of the ongoing strength of our seafood sector.

Labor will provide $500,000 in grants for research and commercialisation projects that will grow existingindustries and support the emergence of new industries.

Labor will provide fee relief for the oyster industry

The oyster industry has been particularly affected by recent market disruptions. Labor willprovide $350,000 of fee relief in the coming financial year.

Labor will continue to expand the tourist market

We will allocate $150,000 over three years to the Tasmanian Seafood Trails website.

Developing Aboriginal cultural fisheries

The development of Aboriginal cultural fisheries would also be aided with $250,000 over the next two years.

Labor will re-establish the Seafood Pledge for long term skills funding

Consistent access to skills and training is essential to the success of the seafood industry. Labor will re-establish the Seafood Pledge for long term skills funding.

Buying back commercial net fishing licences

Labor will create a $1.5m fund to buy back commercial net fishing licences.

The aim is to allow commercial net fishers to exit the industry if they wish. The buyback will be optional with fishers opting in with expressions of interest that will be weighted on value for money and relative fish stocks.

Download a copy of Labor’s Plan here.

Working for Tasmanians to Build Better Boating Facilities

No fishing tax

Labor will stop the Liberals’ plans to introduce a boat fishing levy – in other words, a tax on recreational fishing and boating.

Building better facilities

Labor will provide $2 million for better boat ramps and associated facilities.

This includes toilet facilities at more remote boat ramps including Montagu and Strahan, upgrades to boat ramps like Penguin and fish cleaning facilities where appropriate.

Find out how Rebecca White & the Labor Team are Working for Tasmanians.