Nichols snaps over fishing fee

LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Nichols has blasted a "toxic" State Government annual snapper permit fee as an "assault on Queensland lifestyle".

The proposed fishing fee which, if adopted, could end up costing recreational fishers between $70 and $90 each year.

Mr Nicholls, a self-confessed recreational angler, has joined Sunfish Chairman Dr Barry Pollock in launching a petition to stop the fee hook line and sinker.

"There will be only one winner out of this proposal and that's the toxic long term Labor Government,” said Mr Nicholls.

“As a result of Bligh’s economic mismanagement, Labor now is so hard up for cash that they want to tax fish.

"These proposals are an assault on Queenslanders’ lifestyle and I urge anyone who wets a line to join the fight and stop this new tax before it gets off the ground.

"The LNP recognizes the importance of recreational fishing to Queenslanders and that's why we are opposed to this tax. 

“The Opposition has also promised that an LNP government will put a freeze on registration increases for recreational boat trailers as well.

"With over 750,000 recreational fishers in Queensland, this new tax is another sting for our state.

“Toxic Labor has made a number of decisions that affect Queensland fisheries without the actual science to back them up.

"This latest attack on family purse strings has nothing to do with sustainable fisheries management, but everything to do with revenue raising," said Mr Nicholls.

Dr Pollock agreed with Mr Nicholls' sentiments, claiming the science behind the Labor proposals was 'pretty dubious'.

“Sunfish fully support healthy and sustainable fish stocks, however restrictions such as seasonal closures to completely stop Snapper fishing, as well as compulsory licences and logbooks for Snapper anglers, are not necessary and are opposed by Sunfish.

“Sunfish totally opposes the proposed use of annual recreational fishing permit fees as a method of discouraging people from going recreational fishing,” said Dr Pollock.

Both Dr Pollock and Mr Nicholls agree “Pastime fishing must remain a low-cost recreational activity that is available to all persons.”

For copies of the petition, contact your State LNP member or join the e-petition at

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