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Australia Considering Closing Down Six Major Fishing Regions

By January 28, 2013

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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.

What are your thoughts on the possible Australia fishing closures. Comment in the comments section below.


January 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm
(1) Paul says:

These so called zones are a joke. This Labour government needs the green vote to stay in power and will do anything to do so. A lot of the press and information comes into Australia from overseas, particularly USA, green sites. The vast majority of citizens do not want this but they are being rushed through by a minority government who may well loose the next election but need the green party to govern.
There is no scientific backing for this,

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