The Coalition has continued to take the fight up to the government over its proposed marine parks plan by meeting with members of the commercial fishing industry protesting at Parliament House today, Deputy Leader of the Nationals Senator Nigel Scullion said.
“The commercial fishing industry is right to be so deeply concerned at the federal government’s plan to create such large no –go fishing areas taking out large fishing areas that are already amongst the best managed in the world ,” Senator Scullion said.
“I met this morning and heard the concerns from industry as the Coalition have been doing regularly unlike Labor who is only listening to the Greens on Marine Parks.
“These no-go zones have been put in place for no other reason than pleasing the Greens.
“Decisions about marine parks need to be based on science and they need to be developed in consultation with the local fishing industry but Labor is doing the exact opposite.
“The fact is the best conservationists when it comes to fish are fishers, because the fishing industry knows that its long term survival depends on sustainable fish stocks.
“The Coalition will introduce a private members bill to ensure that Labor’s proposed new marine parks and any new marine parks are subject to scientific and commercial rigour and give local people a say in any future plans for marine parks.
“Let’s get it right. The Howard Government got it right when it created eleven new marine parks but did so with the support of local fishing communities.
“The way we get it right is with an independent peer-reviewed scientific assessment, and a comprehensive economic and social assessment that recognises the impact of fishing on our local community.
“Labor has only established the new marine parks as a way of buying further leverage with the Greens,” Senator Scullion said.
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