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Aquaculture Gets Unfair Advantage in Queensland

by Ellen Hardy
22 August 2008, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - A Bowen prawn fisherman says it is unfair of the Queensland Government to contribute $500,000 to aquaculture when traditional fishers are struggling.

The State Government has promised the big grant to the CSIRO to advance giant tiger prawn farming in Queensland, reports ABCTropicalNorth.

However, Bowen fisherman Terry Must says it is time the Government paid for extensive research into why some north Queensland waters have become barren.

"Seems funny they can throw that sort of money round to a prawn farmer - and good luck to the aquaculture people - but we've had a huge problem here in the Bowen district for the last three years," he told the news agency.

Ellen Hardy