Don't Bite, ACF Tells Fishos
Source: Port Douglas News
September 11, 2012
"ACF’s submission on the federal government’s proposal to establish the world’s largest national network of marine reserves says the protected areas would safeguard ocean life and the coastal lifestyles so many Australians hold dear.
“With the proposed Coral Sea marine reserve’s green zone starting 350 kilometres offshore from Cairns, it will not affect the vast majority of recreational fishers,” said ACF’s healthy oceans campaigner Chris Smyth in Cairns.
“People will still be able to fish in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park...
Mr Smythe said recreational fishers will benefit because of the removal of bottom trawling from almost the entire Coral Sea Marine Reserve and commercial tuna long lining from a large area along the eastern boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park."
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