Commonwealth marine parks passed the final test
Today the senate confirmed that the Commonwealth marine parks introduced on 1 July this year will remain in place.
This decision was well received by the tuna longline industry as it provides certainty, thereby allowing the commercial fishing sector to plan for the future. Similarly, conservation and recreational fishing sectors welcomed the decision for the same reason.
The government is to be commended on the implementation of marine parks as they balance stakeholder concerns and deliver sound conservation outcomes.
This decision demonstrates that Australia remains a leader in marine conservation on the international stage.