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Opposition to Marine Park Proposal

Local fisherman disappointed by proposal that will mean huge potential loss in income.

By Vananir Violet - 16th May 2000 - Back to News

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A proposal from the Marine National Parks Association has caused concern for Latrobe Valley anglers.

The proposal focuses on preventing fishing from the salt marsh and mangrove habitats. This ban would mean that local anglers will lose 25% of fishing resources. The $2.5 million income of the fisherman in this area would be greatly affected by this change.

According to one local angler, the protection of a confined area is only somewhat beneficial. He believes maintaining the whole reserve would be much more valuable.

And so, a counter proposal has been made, involving lifting conservation status and standards higher. This would suggest enhancing the ecology of the inlet without losing regional employment.

Public support is needed to help fight the original proposal. The Corner Inlet Fisheries Habitat Association is seeking the signatures of local anglers as a counteract measure.


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