By TIM HEARDERReuters(Reuters) – A barlow fishery biologist job will be cut from 14 to six, and a fisheries biologist job in Queensland’s north will be eliminated, the Queensland Government said on Friday.
The job cuts are part of the Queensland Barlow Fish and Wildlife Management plan, which was announced last week.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the jobs would go to fishery scientists.
“These positions will no longer be funded by the government,” she said in a statement.
“There are many fishery biologists who would like to be employed in Queensland and our focus has been on supporting the fishery in a responsible manner.”
The Barlow fisheries biologist was the only Queensland Fish and Game Department job not to be funded with a share of the state budget, which had been allocated for the Queensland Fish Industry and Aquaculture Agency.
The Queensland Government has also cut the number of staff from 1,200 to 900, and cut funding for the barlow fisheries management plan from $13.4 million to $9.9 million.
Queanbeyan and the Great Barrier Reef are two of the world’s top five fisheries producing more than $20 billion in fish and other seafood a year.
The Barrow region is home to some of the most prolific fisheries in the world, including the world-famous Barlow Bar, and the world famous Gaddis Bar.