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Monday, January 23, 2006

Room to move on fishing restrictions [24jan06]

The Mercury: Room to move on fishing restrictions [24jan06]

THE boundaries of proposed marine protected areas off Tasmania may be altered in a bid to minimise the impact on the state's fishing industry.

During a series of meetings yesterday Tasmanian Liberal senator Richard Colbeck said he had discussed proposals put up by fishermen to alter MPAs and all options would be considered.

Another meeting will be held in Hobart today.

Senator Colbeck moved to allay fears that the dumping of federal Fisheries Minister Ian Macdonald would delay negotiations over the controversial MPAs, which some fishermen have warned could wipe out some areas of the sector.

Senator Macdonald was to have visited the state this week for a series of meetings with the state's fishing industry which is desperately trying to stave off the no-fishing zones contained within MPAs, some of which cover lucrative commercial fishing areas.

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