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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Fishermen to seek marine plan changes. 23/01/2006. ABC News Online

Fishermen to seek marine plan changes. 23/01/2006. ABC News Online

Tasmanian fishermen will be lobbying for minor changes to the Commonwealth's proposed marine protected areas (MPAs) at meetings with federal minsters this week.
Federal Fisheries Minister Ian Macdonald has cancelled a planned trip to Tasmania to discuss the issue, after announcing his resignation.
The meetings will now be run by Tasmanian Senator Richard Colbeck.
Fishermen want a review of the marine park boundaries, saying the parks cover Tasmania's best fishing grounds.
The president of Tasmania's Fishing Industry Council, Neil Stump, is hopeful they can find a satisfactory solution.
"With some slight changes to the boundaries and classifications and a proper application of the ecological risk assessment which was undertaken by DEH [Department of Environment and Heritage], that there will be less impact on the fishing industry but are still able to achieve the conservation benefits for which these MPAs are being established," he said.

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