Environment Minister Tony Burke
Environment Minister Tony Burke

Burke reassures Bay fishermen

NO-ONE fishing off the Hervey Bay coast will be affected by the marine park plan, Environment Minister Tony Burke told parliament yesterday.

Various parts of the fishing industry held a rally outside Parliament House on Monday, protesting the plan on grounds it would destroy fishing, including holding signs which read: "Don't lock us out of Hervey Bay".

Inside the chamber, Mr Burke responded to a question from Queensland MP Bob Katter on the issue, that no areas east of Hervey Bay would be affected by the ban.

"When the areas went out for further assessment some years ago, there was a proposed area off Hervey Bay that went out some distance," he said.

"If you go to the final maps that have been released by the government you can go as far as you want out east from Hervey Bay there are no restrictions at all, no proposed marine park, nothing."

Mr Burke went on to say the "fear campaign" on the marine park plan was based on old maps that were "simply not true" and there was "volume after volume" of scientific data to back the plan.