Warren Lynam

Commercial Fishers may seek support of Katter party

COMMERCIAL fishing interests want the politics taken out of the policies they say are a threat to their industry and our ability to buy fish.

But the Queensland Seafood Industry Association says that may be impossible to achieve.

QSIA deputy chairman and Tin Can Bay-based trawler operator Kev Reibel says the QSIA will be talking to Queensland's Katter's Australian Party MPs, to enlist their support.

"They may have the balance of power, the way things are going," Mr Reibel said this week.

A spokesman for Queensland Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said none of the three closures affect the Tin Can Inlet, the nearest being off Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

He said the Government had now announced its intentions and would be seeking to consult with the industry.

But Mr Reibel says Tin Can Bay's fishing fleet is not confined to the inlet and the proposed closures will impact the town's economy.