New conditions for rock lobster industry

Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has imposed further conditions on the rock lobster industry after his initial raft of measures failed to achieve the necessary results.


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i work as a deckhand and dont think i will be able to continue doing so if such measures are taken. it is hard enough to find accomodation and other costs associated with working in this industry. skippers are going to find it hard to find and keep crew throughout the season. i think there needs to be more understanding between government and the people whose livelihoods depend on this industry. i really enjoy the job and lifestyle. i hope i do not have to give it up.

This used to be a great industry. The fact that these measures are now considered imperative is proof that the ad hoc and short-sighted policies of successive governments have failed miserably. Unfortunately this government is still being advised by the same department responsible for this debacle in the first place. The fishermen themselves are also culpable because they have been so apathetic and servile in accepting deleterious changes imposed on them while those in authority played one stakeholder against the other. The chickens are now coming home to roost as the minister lurches from one crisis to another with a pocket full of Band-Aids. What next? Quotas?

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