FISHING industry representatives and recreational anglers voiced their concerns to The Nationals yesterday.
They called for a sustainable approach to marine conservation.
Port Macquarie recreational angler Lloyd Eyles has been fishing nearly all his life.
“We want a workable solution and sustainability for our fish and fishers,” the 68-year-old said.
“It all comes back to tourism and the family getting a fair go.”
Fishing representatives met with The Nationals’ leader Warren Truss, Senator Fiona Nash and The Nationals candidate for Lyne Dr David Gillespie yesterday.
Mr Truss said the coalition, in government, would stop the process of marine reserves.
“We want them to be based on sound science,” he said.
“We will immediately halt the process and ensure we make an assessment, taking into account the needs of recreational and commercial fishermen, because the sustainability of the industry is important to Australia,” he said.
The Coalition would restructure the process, in consultation with the community and industry.
Dr Gillespie said the Coalition was committed to stop the broad scale “lines on the map” process.
“We are worried about tackle shops and all the hotels and motels,” he said.
“It would be the end of tourism.”
Meanwhile, The Nationals team yesterday visited Garden Village aged-care complex to discuss relevant policy.
Dr Gillespie said services in the Hastings would be significantly enhanced through the Coalition’s decision to make more aged-care places available, provide high-quality care and reduce red tape for aged-care providers.
The Nationals’ team also attended a campaign lunch.
Dr Gillespie said his election campaign was on track and he expected to win the seat of Lyne.