The Australian government is considering closing down six extremely large fishing regions along Australia's diverse coastline.
In an opener letter to Minister Tony Burke, Keep Australia Fishing, a national advocacy body representing Australia's 5 million recreational fishers, writes the plan to "ban Aussie fishers from vast areas of Commonwealth waters without any scientific justification or rationale set an unacceptable and worrying precedent."
The International Game Fish Association is also taking a stand against the proposed closure, noting it will only support no fishing zones when proof exists that:
The shutdown would close fishing to all recreational anglers over 1.3 million square kilometers of Australia's ocean, which would essentially become federal Marine Parks.
And the government has given the public just 30 days to comment on the new Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network, according to MarineBusiness.com.
Minister for Tourism and Regional Development Bob Baldwin has since called on the government to extend the time and scope of the review preiord.
Baldwin said that the government's announcement to allow only 30 days for invitation only demonstrates an "utter contempt and a total lack of understanding" of the long-term social and economic implications that these lockouts will have.
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