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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

New marine protection areas draw wide-ranging criticism. 02/03/2006. ABC News Online

New marine protection areas draw wide-ranging criticism. 02/03/2006. ABC News Online

There is further criticism of the Federal Government's legislation to create 14 new marine protected areas in waters off south-east Australia.

Already the fishing industry is worried about losing various fisheries.

The new Fisheries Minister, Eric Abetz, says there need to be changes.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is also unhappy.

The society says a further report by the Federal Government's own South-East Scientific Research Panel has declared the proposed system of marine protected areas a failure.

AMCS director Kate Davey says the Government wants only 3 per cent of the continental shelf and upper slope classed as no-take protected areas.

"We need to hear from the marine scientists, and many marine scientists are saying that we need to protect 20 to 30 per cent of each habitat type - of all marine habitat types in fully protected areas," she said.

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