Last week Seafood Industry Australia challenged three national publications regarding misrepresenting the issues of marine reserves and foreign vessels in the article “Foreign boats set to fish in Australian waters, expert claims”, 10 December 2017, by Nicole Hasham. The below is a letter to the Editor of the publications by David Ellis of Tuna Australia.
Marine Parks and Foreign Fishing…What Next???
It is really disappointing to read the fairy tales suggested by environmental non-government groups (eNGO) in media articles ‘Fears that Foreign Fishing vessels will be allowed here’ by Nicole Hasham, Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald 10 December, and in ‘click and flick’ petitions to members of parliament.
The facts are
- The current DRAFT Marine Park management plans sees Australia exceeding its international commitments to the United Nations by a very large measure and exceeds the International Union for Conservation of Nature aspirational targets for green zones and conservation areas – Australia is a world leader.
- Australian Fisheries are managed to world best standard
- Any Foreign Fishing proposal would need to be consistent with Australian government Foreign Investment criteria, abide by Australian rules and regulations and be passed by Parliament
The ENGOs have been very creative in dreaming up this fairy tale, however such a proposal is never going to happen.
Making up stories and putting them in the media further erodes eNGO integrity and embarrasses their organisations.