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Management changes for marine parks

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 sectors.”

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 with stakeholders 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 current arrangements.

Source:  Geraldton Guardian, Geraldton WA

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