INDEPENDENT MEETING TO BE HELD AT THE OYSTER POINT CAFE (13 THURECHT PARADE SCARBOROUGH - OPPOSITE SCARBOROUGH BOAT HARBOUR ACROSS THE PARK) AT 10.00am ON FRIDAY THE 02.06.17
DAF REPRESENTATIVES AND CHRIS THOMPSON FROM LAW ESSENTIALS HAVE ADVISED THAT THEY WILL BE ATTENDING THIS MEETING. BIO-SECURITY HAVE ALSO BEEN INVITED TO THIS MEETING.
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE BEEN ADVERSELY AFFECTED IT COULD BE IN YOUR BEST INTERESTS TO ATTEND THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEETING.
Attached is a list of concerns and questions regarding WSD and its impacts.
Please advise any other fishers who may be affected of this meeting.
Discussion Group regarding concerns to Commercial Fishing impacted losses caused by White Spot Disease/Virus & recent chemical spill affecting Commercial Fishing Businesses in Moreton Bay.
1. T1 M1 Licence Holders & Operators (47 Licences)
2. M2 Licence Holders & Operators (25 Licences)
3. T5 Licence Holders & Operators (36 Licences)
4. Crab and Net Fishers, Wholesale & Retail Wild-caught seafood vendors
Combine ideas on correctly filling in DAF Logbook returns:
a. hours worked per day
b. grid fished
c. total catch landed on tray/deck
d. un-saleable product due to WSD
e. approximate loss each day in kilos and dollar value
f. immediate financial impact
g. long term financial impact
h. Losses incurred by trawl operators as a result of the collapse of the bait prawn market is enormous, and volumes of discarded catch which has not been targeted is leaving industry financially ruined.
i. Publicity surrounding the WSD outbreak has resulted in misinformation being printed in the media having negative impacts on seafood consumption and fishers profitability sending a very bad message to seafood consumers.
j. As a result of the QANTAS toxic spill T5 operators have been granted limited access to the Bay. The commercial operators in the containment zone have not been afforded any concessions, particularly M2 vessels which cannot move outside Moreton Bay, and share the same issues with T1/M1 operators who may not be able to go outside the Bay due to vessel survey constraints.
k. Losses incurred by our support industries need to be considered and quantified. Just a few that come to mind that would be crucial in establishing impacts and the knock on affects from WSD should include,
- Raptis Auction Floor-Morning auctions once went for several hours and are now over in 3/4 of an hour. How much has the volume decreased from the past.
- Buyer losses, HTC, Tweed Bait supplies have stopped buying, Mike and Tony , Morgans / Peter Michaels reduction in trade and price to fishers for product as a result.
l. Public image of the wild caught sector now that a containment zone has been established and likely to be in place for some time.
m. Licence values, boat values, and industry ability to source loans from mainstream lenders has be damaged or severely restricted.
n. The need to quantify our loss of income realistically and record discarded catch legitimately.
o. Get professional help and assistance as a matter of urgency.
Questions to be discussed:
1. Cause & origin of WSD
2. How did prawn farm species get into the wild caught sector in such numbers with supposed stringent aquaculture regulations and permit requirements in place?
3. Prices have collapsed along with markets, e.g. Colmslie Metropolitan Fish Markets- will not accept any green Product, only cooked.
4. Qantas River poisoning
5. Prawn farmers eligible compensation package, pushed through yet no discussion by Govt regarding Wild-caught seafood affected businesses.
6. Long term impact on businesses, % of income lost
7. Closures implemented, yet no proof by Commercial Operators of WSD in Moreton Bay waters – only by research vessel in areas not Commercially Fished.
8. No information on areas tested supplied to Commercial Fishers. Have any Commercial Fishers caught infected product?
9. Increased effort on Tiger/King prawn areas in Moreton Bay due to inability to sell bait prawns and will affect species sustainability. (Too may vessels fishing area too soon). Consider temporary opening up of Yellow/Green Zones until the WSD crisis is over.
10. Increased catch landings of these species will reduce per kilo value due to forced over harvesting.
11. Where are Safe Food QLD and what are their statements on these issues? What are we paying them for?
12. Adverse publicity due to WSD has devalued Moreton Bay seafood, negatively affecting prices.
Please bring up any other questions or concerns that have not yet been considered at the meeting on the 02.06.17 at the Oyster Point Café, Scarborough.