The net free zones (NFZs) policy caused significant pain and distress amongst commercial fishing communities throughout Queensland. This policy continues to exist despite a commitment to developing a resource allocation policy by government that should, in theory, eliminate the need for a politically motivated policy tool like the NFZs. History proves that commercial fishing can exist alongside other uses of the marine environment.
The recreational fishing advocacy that led to the government enacting the policy was based on a selfish desire of local, recreational anglers to exclude the public from your access to fresh local fish.
QSIA will continue to advocate for the removal of NFZs.