A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a positive strategic plan for the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of our fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
This plan sits alongside Labor’s Supporting Recreational Fishing policy, available here.
This election will be a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government which will manage our seas and waterways for the benefit of the environment and the economy, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.
Our oceans support commercial fisheries and aquaculture generating over $3 billion in net value every year, including exports of high-value products like lobster, abalone and whole tuna.
Labor will convene a national fisheries summit to bring together key stakeholders from our commercial fisheries and aquaculture sector, state and federal regulators and other interested parties, including recreational fishing representatives, to address common challenges together.
Labor’s plan for commercial fishers and the aquaculture industry will:
Fisheries and aquaculture will also benefit from Labor’s policies for:
Climate change will have a substantial impact on the marine environments around Australia and only Labor has a comprehensive climate action policy to address future challenges.
A Shorten Labor Government will commit $10 million to boost the capabilities of the CSIRO Climate Science Centre, better coordinate Australian climate science and develop an Australian climate science capability plan.
A Shorten Labor Government will restore proper Commonwealth and state and territory relationships by re-establishing the COAG process for the Standing Council on Primary Industries. Labor will continue to support the side meetings of the Fisheries Ministers at the federal and state levels.
These policy initiatives will be supported by Labor’s announced policies to:
The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government have provided nothing but dysfunction and chaos for the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
Only Labor understands that the fisheries and aquaculture sectors need a strategic plan to secure their future sustainability profitability.
End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote for Labor.