Fishing Reserves/marine Parks response
Received the following from Barry Haase. Id suggest that while its easy to say politicians will do f-all once voted in, you can either make the effort and whinge righteosly later, or do jackshit and lose the right to whinge about the outcome (to me at least!)
"Good morning I write to you following the unveiling of the network of marine reserves by the Gillard Government on June 13 followed by the announcement on the 11 July by The Director of National Parks inviting public comment on the proposed Proclamations of Commonwealth marine reserves. The Gillard Government has failed to conduct appropriate consultation when developing these networks and the absence of sound scientific basis to the marine reserve boundaries is unacceptable. No consideration has been given to the quality of the Australian fisheries, recognised amongst the healthiest and best managed in the world. No consideration has been given to minimising social and economic impact on fishers, businesses and coastal communities. No consideration has been given to recreational fishing in Australia, a pastime with far more reaching effects than the simple act of throwing a line in. Recreational fishing promotes a healthy and active lifestyle and the social benefits of fishing are enormous. Economically, many regional businesses rely on recreational fishers I believe the Federal Environment Minister’s declaration of a chain of protected marine parks is more about appeasing green voters than it is about scientifically proven sustainability. I support marine protection that is based on science and developed in consultation with the community. The alliance between the Greens and this Government is disturbing. Those who wish to sacrifice their lifestyle in some evangelical pursuit of martyrdom are free to do so. Real Australians however should not have their rights trampled on by a government willing to be blackmailed by the greens just to stay in power. Our fishers are responsible and the industry is sustainable and properly managed. This proposed network is all about international grandstanding It is with this in mind I urge you to visit http://www.environment.gov.au/coasts/mbp/reserves/comments.html It is here you will find the Gazette Notice and associated documents along with details of how to provide comment on the proposed Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. The Minister is required to consider this report before deciding whether to recommend to the Governor General that the reserves be proclaimed. It is important to note the 60 day public comment period closes on Monday 10 September 2012. If you have any queries or need more information please do not hesitate to contact me at Please forward this email to family, friends and associates in an effort to bring this Government to task over their lack of appropriate consultation and the absence of sound scientific knowledge in this matter. BARRY HAASE"
them whose talking/typing about it shouldnt get in the way of them whats doin it!