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2012 SOUTH-WEST INDUSTRY REFINEMENT

 

The commercial Fishing Industry’s refinements to the South-west Marine Reserve Network delivers all the conservation objectives of the Government’s proposal and minimises the impact on the people and the fishing industry who are currently harvesting and supplying marine resources to the community.

The Government South-west proposal:

  • Calls for 40.8% of one region to be included in the marine reserve network;
  • Will immediately close some fishing businesses and render some unprofitable;
  • Fails to appreciate the much larger cumulative impact on the Australian Fishing industry as a whole; and
  • Will benefit foreign fisheries importing fish into Australia many of which may not be subject to the same high sustainability and ecosystem protection standards that apply to Australian fisheries.

The Fishing Industry is proposing a number of refinements to the South-west Marine Reserve Network that can make a big difference to the viability and long-term future of the fishing industry.

Based on the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities own modelling process it will still:

  • Deliver all the conservation objectives to this region;
  • Create a marine reserve network area equivalent to five times the size of Tasmania;
  • Cover an area representing 26.2% of the SW marine region; over 40% of which will be closed to commercial fishing;
  • Make the network area equivalent to the 3rd largest marine reserve in the world; and
  • Coupled with all the other industry refinements and existing marine reserves, would take Australia's marine reserves to 59% of the coverage of current global marine protected areas and 35% of Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone.

So that a viable Australian commercial fishing industry can continue to supply a valuable sustainable food source now, and in the future, and:

  • Continue to provide employment in the regions;
  • Be a vital part of the economy and social fabric of many small remote coastal communities;
  • Generate export income; and
  • Lower the Government’s assistance costs to the fishing industry.

Table 1: Comparison - Fishing Industry v Government Reserve Network Proposals

Based on the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities modelling process.



Government

Industry

Total network area
538 226 km2

354 768 km2
Area highly protected (IUCN Category II)285 929 km2155 460 km2
Proportion of region in network40.8%26.2%
Proportion of region highly protected (IUCN II)21.3%10.8%
Proportion of continental shelf in network33.8%26.8%
Bioregions
All provincial and meso-scale bioregions are represented within the network.
All provincial and meso-scale bioregions are represented within the network.
Depth ranges within provincial bioregionsAll but one of the depth ranges within bioregions are represented within the network.
All but three of the depth ranges within bioregions are represented within the network.
Key ecological featuresAll of the key ecological features are represented within the network.
All of the key ecological features are represented within the network.
Biological seascapesSeventeen of the 18 biological seascapes are represented within the network.
Seventeen of the 18 biological seascapes are represented within the network.
Seafloor features (geomorphology)Fifteen of the 16 seafloor features are represented within the network.
Fifteen of the 16 seafloor features are represented within the network.

 

Table 2: Number of features protected within the Network

 

Fishing Industry Network

Government Proposal

Goal Primary Conservation Feature Total No. Features Represented within Network Features Represented within Network
1Provincial Bioregions (PB)777

Meso-scale Bioregions (MB)

777
2Depth by PB625961
3Key ecological feature131313
3

Biologically Informed 

Seascapes

181717
 Seafloor types161515

 Total123118120

 Proportion 95.9%97.6%

 

Table 3: Number of features protected within the Marine National Park Zone


 

Fishing Industry Network

Government Proposal

Goal Primary Conservation Feature Total No. Features Represented in Marine National Park Zones Features Represented in Marine National Park Zones
1Provincial Bioregions (PB)7
6
6

Meso-scale Bioregions (MB)

7
3
4
2Depth by PB62
24
28
3Key ecological feature13
6
8
3

Biologically Informed 

Seascapes

18
7
8
 Seafloor types16
12
13

 Total123
58
67

 Proportion 47.2%
54.5%

 

Other resources:

Goals and Principles for the Establishment of Networks of Representative Marine Protected
Areas in Commonwealth Waters Click here Click here >

 

The Government South-east Marine Region >