Impacts of imposition of restriction on gill nets on the Queensland east coast fishery: A report prepared for the Queensland Commercial Fishermen's Organisation

Ramsay, Gavin, Tisdell, Clem, Harrison, Steve, Pullar, David, Sun, Samantha and Tibbetts, Ian (1998). Impacts of imposition of restriction on gill nets on the Queensland east coast fishery: A report prepared for the Queensland Commercial Fishermen's Organisation. Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and Environment 21, School of Economics, University of Queensland.

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Author Ramsay, Gavin
Tisdell, Clem
Harrison, Steve
Pullar, David
Sun, Samantha
Tibbetts, Ian
Title Impacts of imposition of restriction on gill nets on the Queensland east coast fishery: A report prepared for the Queensland Commercial Fishermen's Organisation
School, Department or Centre School of Economics
Institution University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Series Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and Environment
Report Number 21
Publication date 1998-01
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Language eng
Subject 1402 Applied Economics
0501 Ecological Applications
0502 Environmental Science and Management
0704 Fisheries Sciences
Abstract/Summary In June 1997, Senator Hill as federal minister for the environment announced proposed dugong protection areas (DPAs) on the east coast of Queensland, where restrictions would be introduced on the use of gill nets for fishing, on the grounds that dugong deaths arose from use of these nets. A number of studies by the government and fishing industry arose, to shed light on dugong biology, changes in dugong populations and possible causes. The Queensland Commercial Fishermen's Organisation (QCFO) contacted the School of Marine Science (SOMS) at The University of Queensland (UQ) concerning advice on the impacts to the fishing industry of the proposed bans. SOMS in tum contacted Professor Clem Tisdell, head of the Department of Economics concerning estimation of economic impacts, principles of compensation for the takings of property rights to natural resources, and other issues relevant to the fishing industry. A series of meetings led to the formulation of research projects in the area of economic analysis and geographical information systems, to be undertaken by independent researchers without undue influence by industry or environmental interest groups. The project reported here, which was commissioned by the Queensland Commercial Fishermen's Organisation (QCFO), investigates the implications of the closure of the coastal gill net fishery in Queensland, and options available to the participants (i.e. the federal government, state government, fishers and dependent communities). In particular it seeks to clarify the accuracy of assumptions used in formulating the proposed strategy, and examine likely income losses in the fishing industry and the extent of consideration for compensation. The terms of reference for the studies are included in the report to provide background information on the studies being carried out and information on the aims of the studies. The report consists of four components. The first two components consist of papers written by Professor Clem Tisdell. The first paper examines compensation for the taking of resource interests and particularly examines practices in relation to compensation following the World Heritage listings of the Wet Tropics region of North Queensland and of Fraser Island. The application and relevance of compensation principles to extension of dugong protection areas are also examined. The second of Professor Tisdell's papers reviews reports on optimal Australian dugong populations and proposed conservation plans from an economic perspective. Results from the survey of net fishers carried out in July 1997 are presented in the third component. In this component information on labour working in the fishing industry, fishing vessels, on-shore facilities, total annual catch and profit are presented and examined. In addition, information on the predicted response of fishers to fishing closures and willingness to accept compensation in return for surrender of fishing licenses is presented. The fourth component is made up maps produced using a. geographical information system to provide information on fishing catch and effort and fishing closures on the east coast of Queensland.
Keyword Dugong habitat
Dugong Dugon
commercial fishing
Net fishing industry
dugong conservation areas

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