Govt investigates fishing licence loophole
The New South Wales Government is investigating whether some professional fishermen whose licences were bought out years ago are now back in the industry.
The Opposition’s Primary Industry spokesman, Duncan Gay, says the fishermen’s licences were bought for up to $200,000 but a legal loophole is letting them back into the industry as buyers of other dormant licences.
Acting Minister for Primary Industries John Della Bosca, says he has asked for a report on the claims.
“Those licences were bought out for environmental reasons; I think most people understand the importance of preserving the resource and also balancing environmental interests,” Mr Della Bosca said.
“But it’s of concern – I’ve called for a review immediately of what’s going on there and I’ll be taking any action necessary.”