Pyne pushes proposed net-free Zone for Trinity Inlet

The Queensland Government has today released consultation maps of proposed net-free fishing zones at Cairns, Mackay and Yeppoon/Rockhampton.

“We went to the state election with a commitment to establish net-free zones at Trinity Bay, Cairns, St Helens Beach to Cape Hillsborough, North of Mackay and Yeppoon/Keppel Bay/Fitzroy River, Capricorn Coast,” Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Sport and Racing, Bill Byrne MP said.

“We are on track to implement these zones by the end of the year. Having completed a first round of targeted industry stakeholder consultation we now want to include the community on the proposed boundaries for each zone.

Member for Cairns Rob Pyne said the Palaszczuk Government had released a fact sheet for each proposed zone, which provides details about current commercial net fishing in the zones as well as a map indicating the proposed boundaries. Pyne said, “I am so pleased Trinity Bay and the Inlet will be free from commercial nets, this will only enhance opportunities for local recreational fishers.”

“These boundaries will give the FarNorth community a better understanding of the areas involved,” he said.


“We’re keen to receive public feedback before any final decision is made.”

Minister Byrne said ideas already put forward include aligning the zones to existing boundaries wherever possible, such as those for dugong protection near St Helens, and reducing the size of the Rockhampton/Yeppoon zone to areas critical for recreational fishing.”

The comments period will close on Monday 15 June.

Fact sheets can be viewed at To comment on the boundaries visit

For more information on the proposed zones, visit or call 13 25 23.’

Michael Seebeck Photographer


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