The Hon Clare Scriven MLC, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development (SA), Media Release, 20 June 2022
The Malinauskas Labor Government has delivered on its election commitment to reduce licence fees for the Rock Lobster fishery by 50% for 2022-23.
The fee reduction is a practical and fast way for the State government to assist the South Australian Rock Lobster fishery, who were impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic and the disruption to the Chinese market, events well beyond their control.
It has also been welcomed by industry with Executive Officer of the South Australian Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishing Association Mr Kyri Toumazos, stating that the fee reduction has “created a positive response amongst the sector and has provided a collaborative operating environment between industry and the Government”.
Rock lobster licence holders will soon receive these savings through their annual fee notice for 2022-23.
Quotes attributable to Clare Scriven
I am pleased to see that our first budget has delivered on our commitment for a $2.6 million, 50% reduction in licence fees. When rock lobster fishers get their licence fee notices, they will see these savings for themselves, and I am certain it will be a welcome relief.
I look forward to seeing the Rock Lobster fishery in our state continue to produce their world renowned, environmentally friendly, sustainably harvested products and seeing the industry rebound and recover from what has been a challenging few years.