LNP backs Hervey Bay seafood with labelling laws
Consumers will easily know if seafood was caught in Queensland waters or imported from overseas through the LNP’s new labelling policy.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington toured a seafood production facility in Hervey Bay today and said strengthening labelling laws would empower consumers, protect local jobs and support local businesses.
“Hervey Bay is renowned for top quality seafood and local commercial fishers produce magnificent catches of scallops, prawns, crabs and fish,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Seafood is a popular choice for families over summer, but consumers are often in the dark about where it comes from.
“Our labelling policy will make it crystal clear where seafood originated, from ship to store.
“The fishing industry is so important to regions like Hervey Bay and our policy will support local businesses, protect local jobs and give consumers greater choice.
“Demand for seafood is huge over Christmas and I want Queensland produce to come first.”
If elected in 2020, the LNP would change legislation in Queensland so any business selling seafood for immediate consumption must identify where the product originated.
Hervey Bay LNP MP Ted Sorensen said the seafood labelling policy was a win-win situation for consumers and businesses.
“Businesses will be able to use the LNP’s policy as a marketing tool to promote Queensland seafood while consumers will have a clear choice to support local produce,” Mr Sorensen said.
“The entire seafood supply chain in Wide Bay will benefit from the LNP’s labelling policy.
“An enormous 30 million kilograms of seafood was imported into Queensland in 2017-18 and businesses currently don’t have to label where it came from.
“The LNP supports a strong local seafood industry where businesses can create more jobs and consumers can enjoy Queensland seafood.
“While Labor keep making it harder for commercial fishers to survive, the LNP knows that a thriving fishing industry means jobs for locals.”