sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Science, fishers best to guard marine area
Science, fishers best to guard marine area

'Charter boats will lose some prime grounds, and have already started to lose business'    . ©    Click Here to view large photo

Ditch the government’s reserve plans and start again, writes Dean Logan, Chief Executive of the Australian Marine Alliance.

On June 5, 2012, the chief executive of the Australian Conservation Foundation, DonHenry, wrote an opinion piece in another newspaper on the imminent closure of the Coral Sea by the Gillard government. Mr Henry noted that the federal government received 487,435 submissions on the proposed Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve and, of those, 99.9 per cent supported the reserve, but with stronger protection than proposed.

According to Mr Henry, 'it was an unprecedented response . . .'. In fact Mr Henry went on to place the 'sheer numbers' and 'unprecedented response' in context with the 10,600 submissions received by the Finkelstein media enquiry.

What Mr Henry and the Gillard government did not tell Australians was that two weeks before that opinion piece, it was acknowledged in Senate estimates that of those 487,435 submissions, 486,000 – or thereabouts – were deemed campaign submissions and computer-generated from overseas.

As a result, only 1000 submissions of the 487,435 received were deemed by the department as non-campaign submissions and therefore of substance.


If education policy was Kim Beazley’s 'Noodle Nation' then the Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process is Tony Burke’s 'Plaited Poodle' –a policy so complex and so crude, that the only solution is to shave it back completely and start again. Under Labor, the Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process has been plagued by a level of horse-trading rarely seen in the Australian policy context.

Dean Logan Chief Executive of Australian Marine Alliance. -  MIAA   Click Here to view large photo


I believe industry stakeholders have been pitted against each other by a ministerand government screaming for votes.

Each participant was given a set of colouring pencils and asked 'in confidence' to shade in areas of marine environment where they wanted access to remain, and yet Mr Burke asked us all to trust him because 'the Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process is a science-driven Process'.

The first thing this government did, though, was to decommission the scientific reference group that effectively liaised with industry and that provided independent scientific advice to stakeholders throughout the entire Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process.

The process was exceptional and deemed a success by stakeholders with regard to the South East Bio-Region. Funnily enough, the South-East Bio Region under Labor’s leadership still does not have a management plan in place after seven years; and yet, we are being asked to support additional large scale no-take marine reserves right across the country.

The government then decommissioned the Stakeholder Advisory Group(SAG) – the SAG was the central conduit for industry to effectively liaise with Canberra policy makers on all Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process-related matters.

Third, the science underpinning the entire Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process hinges on the relationship between Mr Burke’s own department (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) and the Bureau of Rural Sciences. This relationship is considered by Mr Burke as a commercial in-confidence relationship and not open to peer review.

Proposed Coral Sea Heritage Park PEW -  .. ©  


Add to this the decision three weeks ago by federal Minister for Resources Martin Ferguson to issue hundreds of new oil and gas leases throughout Australia’s marine environment and the decision only two weeks ago by federal Fisheries Minister Joe Ludwig to issue a licence for a Dutch-owned super trawler to fish off southern Australia, and is it any wonder we find yesterday’s announcement hard to stomach.

There is a better solution: an effective management regime where 100 per cent of Australia’s marine environment is effectively managed and where we don’t find ourselves – as we currently do – importing in excess of 75 per cent of our seafood.

Australian coastal communities, industry, families and fishers have proven to be great custodians of the environment and deserve the right to be a part of the process, not locked out if it.

What we need to do now is shave back the poodle completely, re-build the scientific integrity with regard to the Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process and deliver an outcome that surpasses the solution handed down yesterday the Gillard government.

This article first appeared in the Newcastle Herald. Republished with permission.


by Dean Logan

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=98573

9:29 PM Sat 16 Jun 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara
















J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight












2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins by Dobbs Davis, Detroit


Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations   
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead   
J/111 World Championships - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2   
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition   
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champ - Day 3 images by Joy Dunigan   
Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor   
Emirates Team NZ: Collision puts an end to bid for a better day at ESS   
Extreme Sailing Series: Ben Ainslie Racing - mixed results on Day 2   
America's Cup: New brand and image partnership announced with SME   
Extreme Sailing: Tough and testing day on Cardiff Bay - Day 2 + Video   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
2014 J/111 World Championship - Bigger breeze arrives on day 2!   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT