Re: Supertrawler (sic) fears over park cutbacks, Alice Angeloni, Fremantle Herald, March 31, 2018
Seafood Industry Australia has the use of fear as a weapon against our industry, following a report in the Fremantle Herald by Alice Angeloni stating super trawlers would appear in Australian waters following the passing of the Commonwealth Marine Park management plans.
“Sadly Ms Angeloni has fallen victim to misinformation being peddled in an attempt to drum up fear and opposition to Australia’s network of Marine Parks,” Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) CEO Jane Lovell said.
“There is no plot to bring super trawlers back into Australian waters, nor is there flotilla of foreign vessels lurking over the horizon.
“These management plans do not and will not have any impact on the number of fish being caught in Australian waters.
“The plans are based on the latest independent scientific research and extensive community consultation.
“Labor and the Green’s repeated comments that Commonwealth Marine Parks are being “slashed” are blatant lies. These management plans are not a reduction in protection for our oceans. In fact, they are the opposite.
“At the moment, we have marine parks, but no management plans to dictate how these parks can be used, and as such no protection.
“In 2012 Labor tabled plans that were never accepted or passed. Saying they were is like saying a letter to Santa is a binding agreement to deliver. They were nothing more than a wish list that were not compatible with reality.
“Under the Coalition’s plans, Australia will have 36 per cent of its waters listed as marine parks. This is well-above the international “Aichi target” of 10 per cent by 2020.
“What we can’t understand is why Labor and the Greens are fighting against green zones in our marine parks totaling half the area of New South Wales, and protecting seafloor habitats covering almost the entire area of Victoria. That’s almost 520,000 km² of protections, not currently in place, they are trying to block.
“It’s important to be clear that marine parks are not a tool for fisheries management. There are a number of fisheries management agencies at both a state and a commonwealth level and they use research-based science to determine fishing quotas for each zone and species.
“Fisheries management agencies are how we make sure there are enough fish in the ocean, not through marine parks. Marine parks ensure there are protections in place for ecological features, not fish stocks.
“In addition, Australia’s peak national fishing bodies – Seafood Industry Australia, Australian Fishing Trade Association, Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation and Game Fishing Association of Australia – have, for the first time, united to support these management plans.
“Seafood Industry Australia commends the Turnbull Government for listening to Australians rather than northern hemisphere NGOs seeking to take away the rights and livelihood of our commercial fishing industry.
“According to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Fishery status reports 2017, no soley Commonwealth-managed fishery is subject to overfishing. Clearly fisheries management works. Ms Angeloni need not fear overfishing or super trawlers.
“As fishers our priority is the ocean. We advocate the health, sustainability and future of our ocean. Our aim is to keep providing fantastic seafood to Australian families.”
An article featuring SIA’s comments was included in the April 7, 2018 edition of the Fremantle Herald.
Titled, Don’t come the raw prawn, the story covers SIA’s response to the super trawler article and provides the facts on Commonwealth Marine Parks.
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