The LNP has called on the Labor Government to adopt its Queensland seafood labeling policy as part of a promotional campaign to support the coronavirus-affected industry.

Shadow Minister for Fisheries Tony Perrett said the LNP’s seafood labelling policy would encourage more Queenslanders to buy seafood caught by Queensland’s fishing fleet.

“Labor should immediately adopt the LNP’s seafood labelling policy to support the industry and increase local demand,” Mr Perrett said.

“Labor needs to put politics aside and work constructively with industry and the LNP to deliver this policy that will assist in restoring market demand.

“Simple changes to labelling can empower consumers to make informed choice to support local catches, which will grow local demand.

“It’s a simple policy that makes it easier for Queenslanders to support other Queenslanders by buying high quality and local seafood.

“More than 3000 people work in Queensland’s commercial fishing industry and it’s part of the fabric of many regional communities and economies.

“We are hearing hundreds of boats are no longer going out and fishing because there simply just isn’t the demand – labeling will help return demand.

“Queensland has some of the best seafood in the world and commercial fishers and local businesses desperately need the support of the community.

“I want to encourage Queenslanders to get behind the industry by heading to their local fish shop and buying Queensland seafood today.”