The South Australian Government says marine parks will enhance the local fishing industry, rather than damage it.
Commercial and recreational fishers have launched a campaign against what they call a flawed proposal to turn nearly half of the state’s coastal waters into marine parks.
They say that could cut up to $400 million in turnover from the commercial fishing sector and cost jobs.
The Environment Minister, Jay Weatherill, says he can reach an agreement with fishing groups to ease their concerns.
“I’m confident that in a few years time when these marine parks are in place they’ll be using them as a marketing tool,” he said.
“Existing within a marine park will be a selling point, a clean, green selling point for our marine industries and I think many of the senior people inside the fishing industry actually understand that.”
Because it has worked so well for fisherman here in the States :rolleyes:
What do you guys think?