Podcast: Interpreting Fisheries Legislation with Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson, Lawyer / Director at Law Essentials joined Eric from QSIA (Queensland Seafood Industry Association) for a discussion focused on the interpreting of fisheries legislation by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol.

Episode 1: Interpreting Fisheries Legislation with Chris Thompson

The following questions were posed to Chris:

  • Impounded product – is the department responsible for keeping this product in the condition for sale once the investigation is completed?
  • Now with harvest license and the fishing licenses being combined  and now classified as a Primary vessel license can a fisher use an apparatus e.g. cast net without a boat?
  • Can a fisher challenge the validity of measurements of the patrol on the water by GPS?
  • The fisheries amendment of 2019 length of a netting apparatus describes the net as the total length of the apparatus and its equipment  A recent case a fisher was breached for his net length (measured by GPS) some extra 16mtrs measured from anchor point to anchor point. the fisher had a third party in this case measure the apparatus aperture laid out taught on the ground  with a tape measure it was found to be 45.7mtrs.  Industry has traditionally interpreted that the equipment was the ropes chains etc and that the aperture was fixed to. We now find that QBFP (Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol) are claiming that ropes chains and anchors used to fix a net is the total length of the net, is this the case?

Episode 2: Discussing harassment and Queensland commercial fisheries with Chris Thompson

The following questions were posed to Chris:

  • What constitutes a complaint for harassment?
  • Can fishers take individual officers to task?  Many commercial fishers are receiving visits daily or 2 to 3 nights a week asking the same questions.

Episode 3: Recording conversations and the QBFP

This podcast focussed on previous information provided to commercial fishers regarding the recording of interactions with QBFP (Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol) officers.