We Fish Media release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
29th June 2012
Victorian recreational tuna fishery is under Threat from the Federal Gillard Government!
“The Commonwealth government has been formally asked by the Victoria Coalition government to give assurances that recreational fishing for Southern Bluefin Tuna will be allowed going forward but the request has either fallen on deaf ears or more concerning, is being totally ignored” said Dale McClelland campaign coordinator for WE FISH
“The Federal Minister responsible for Fisheries Senator Ludwig is saying nothing and with the Gillard Government’s track record of unjustified fishing lock-outs while paying total lip service to recreational fishing this continuation of Gillard government policy is very worrying.
“The detrimental impact of stopping recreational tuna fishing in Victoria, to the south west regional economy in particular and the recreational boat manufacturing and retail fishing industry sectors would be catastrophic.
“The current marine policy environment under the Federal government is anti-recreational fishing and is being formulated by fringe environmental groups from within the very offices of our elected representatives. Now it seems that the Gillard government wants to ban the recreational take of Southern Bluefin Tuna. WE FISH will fight to the death on this issue.
“WE FISH applaud the hard work by Victorian Fisheries Minister Peter Walsh and his Parliamentary Secretary Dr Bill Sykes. Their unflinching support of recreational fishing is an assurance and more importantly, WE FISH offers 100% support to the Victorian Coalition government’s endeavours in making sure that the recreational tuna fishery and all Victorian recreational fisheries are to remain.
“This battle starts now and I can personally guarantee all parties taking up this cause the support of EVERY recreational fisher man, woman and child in this state” said Dale McClelland.
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