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Australian tackle industry hails new Marine Parks Plan

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Anglers will be able to continue to enjoy the fishing delights of the Coral Sea, in Northeast Australia.

Australia’s fishing tackle trade association has backed its government’s revised plans for marine parks which recognises recreational fishing’s contribution to conservation.

The Australian Fishing Tackle Association (AFTA) has hailed the increased protections afforded to both east and west coasts of the country which pose no threat to recreational fishing in the areas.

A spokesman for AFTA said: “We have consulted with the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) and the Game Fishing Association of Australia (GFAA) and have determined that these increased protections pose no issue of threat to recreational fishing. AFTA fully endorses the Government’s revised Marine Park Plans.”

ARFF Chairman Brett Cleary added: “These new plans not only recognise recreational fishing as being compatible with conservation objectives, but they also finally accept the sport as a key value. These new evidence-based management plans strike a good balance between the needs of all stakeholders and they are definitely a vast improvement on previous plans which locked out recreational fishers from hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of Australian oceans with no scientific justification.

“These new plans ensure anglers will retain access to some of their most beloved and important fishing areas, such as the Coral Sea in the Northeast and Geographe Bay in the Southwest of Australia – locations which have provided generations of Australians with great and sustainable fishing experiences.”

ARFF is now urging all politicians to put aside their political differences and support these plans.

“It is time for Australia to finally have a national network of marine parks that has something for everyone,” added Cleary.

“These plans provide our marine environment with a high level of protection while satisfying the needs of all reasonable stakeholders. After years of uncertainty it is now time for our marine environment to stop being treated as a political football.”

The management plans can be accessed here.

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