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Fishers To Now Get Licenses Before The Tuna Season, Not After

South Australia’s tuna fishers will soon be able to get their licenses assessed before the tuna fishing season begins.

The Australian government aims to streamline the legislative process by the end of June, meaning license holders will be able to start fishing up to six weeks earlier.

Industry spokesman Brian Jeffriess says this will save the industry and the state millions of dollars a year in lost revenue.

“For a number of years now the licensing system has been very high cost and it's been due to red tape not green tape,” he said.

“Secondly, it’s never there in time. So by the time the fish turn up and we need to catch the fish and bring them in, the licenses are still not ready.”

The Government hopes to have the quicker process in place by July and Mr. Jeffriess says this could not come soon enough.

“It’s the law itself that is the problem, it’s not the people enforcing the law,” he said.

“I think PIRSA [Primary Industries and Regions SA] and the EPA [Environment Protection Authority] and others do a good job and what the outcome of this process will be is a recommendation to change the legislation and that’s what it needs to be.”