Posted by: Bob Payne | April 29, 2011

Fisheries fear new marine parks in Western Australia

Federal Government plans for a network of marine parks around WA’s south west could force dozens of commercial fishermen on the south coast out of business, the State Government has claimed. Outlining for the first time the possible impact of marine park plans for Commonwealth waters between Kalbarri and Kangaroo Island in South Australia, the Department of Fisheries has warned the changes could make several fisheries “economically unviable”. The department said shark fishermen on the south coast were likely to be among those hardest hit. Other commercial fishing activities, including trawling, could also be affected.

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