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South Australia Shadow Minister for Environment  Steven Marshall

More Questions Than Answers On Marine Parks

Victor P Taffa

Premier Weatherill’s marine parks announcement today still holds more questions than answers for South Australians.

The Labor Government has been trying to implement marine park sanctuary zones now for more than a decade.

The Government created Local Advisory Groups (LAGs) to make recommendations about the no-take zones, but these have been disbanded right at the time when they should be reviewing the Labor Government’s plans.

“There is still no Regional Impact Statement and no information about compensation for the commercial fishing industry.” Shadow Environment Minister Steven Marshall said.

“In fact, after 10 years, there are now more questions than answers about these proposed sanctuary zones.”

“The State Liberals believe that the Labor Government needs to consider the social and economic impact of these sanctuary zones on coastal communities before finalising the plans.” Mr. Marshall said.

The Victorian Auditor-General released his report into marine parks in Victoria and concluded that:

“Parks Victoria could not demonstrate that it is effectively managing MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) or that it is being effective or efficient in protecting marine biodiversity within MPAs.” (Victorian Auditor-General’s Report, March 2011)

“South Australia’s fisheries are already well-managed by PIRSA we cannot see any advantage in moving the control of these fishing areas to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.” Mr. Marshall said.

“This whole process has gone on for far too long South Australians deserve some assurances on the Labor Government’s plan for sanctuary zones.”

“This is just another example of a decade of Labor mess.”Mr. Marshall said.

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