Management changes for marine parks
December 18, 2013
The Commonwealth Government is delivering a
key election promise to protect Australia’s
fishing industry and recreational fishers by
redeveloping Labor’s flawed marine parks
management plans, according to Federal
Member for Durack Melissa Price.
Ms Price said under this review, all
Commonwealth marine reserves and parks will
remain, as will their boundaries, but the
management plans will be redeveloped.
“New management plans will be released
following a review of the scientific basis of these
decisions and in consultation with stakeholders
and local communities,” Ms Price said.
Marine reserves (or protected areas) are parts
of the ocean that are managed primarily for the
conservation of marine life.
“Under Labor’s proposed changes, it would
have been against the law for recreational fishers
to take their boat out and cast a line in large
areas of our oceans,” Ms Price said.
“It is important to find a balance between the
protection of our ecosystems and habitats and
supporting our commercial fishing industry,
together with the tourism and recreational
The review has two components:
The appointment of an expert scientific panel
to look closely at the science supporting the
current marine reserves
The establishment of Bioregional Advisory
Panels to facilitate and improve consultation
The make-up of the panels and their terms of
reference will be announced in early 2014.
Until the new management plans come into
effect, there will be no “on the water” changes.
The 25 reserves that predated last year’s
extension of the Commonwealth marine reserve
network will continue to operate under their
Source: Geraldton Guardian, Geraldton WA