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Monday, January 09, 2006

Meeting to consider marine plan impact. 10/01/2006. ABC News Online

Meeting to consider marine plan impact. 10/01/2006. ABC News Online

A public meeting is being held this afternoon at St Helens, in north-east Tasmania, to discuss the possible impact of the Federal Government's proposed marine reserves.
The local fishing industry says it will be devastated by the move.
Last month, the Federal Government unveiled plans for 14 marine protected areas off south-east Australia, including one off Tasmania's east coast.
Scallop fishermen say they will be devastated by a cut of up to 70 per cent while the rock lobster industry will cost many local jobs.
Today's meeting will be attended by members of the State Government, Break O'Day Council, local businesses and workers from the fishing industry.
Alongside tourism, the industry is seen as the economic backbone of St Helens and locals are worried about the flow-on effect to the town.

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