Don’t Hang Up Your Gumboots Yet! Rally in Canberra 10 September

After a successful Boat Rally yesterday at Shorncliffe which saw us attract good tv and newspaper media to the reality of what extending the Marine Parks will mean to Australians – we will not be able to easily get Australian seafood. We already import 72% of seafood! Why would we want to import more?

We need to continue the fight to Canberra and do all we can to keep our seas open to Australians. Join us in our Make A Wave Rally in Canberra on Monday 10 September. And remember, if you haven’t already signed our petition, time is running out so please sign it today.

Click here to download a flyer with details on how you can take action to save our oceans. Please distribute the information sheet as widely as possible.

Protest Rally Popular with Aussies Looking to Keep Access to Australian Seas

Here are a couple of media appearances about the Boat Rally on Sunday 19 August showing that people power can effect change.

ABC News 19 August 2012

Fishers protest marine park plans

Furious fishers protest government plans for marine park plans and Coral Sea fishing

Join our Rally on Sunday 19 August 2012 and save our oceans


at carpark near boat ramp, Sinbad Street, Cabbage Tree Creek, Shorncliffe
to oppose the Federal Government’s proposed massive increase to Australia’s marine park reserves.

Australia already imports 72 per cent of its seafood. Don’t allow the Federal Government to lock us out of our waters and our valuable food source.

Queensland’s fishing industry will be wiped out.

Nowhere will the impact be felt more than in east coast Queensland waters where the government is proposing to lock Australians out of the Coral Sea.

The proposed no-go zone is more than half the size of Queensland!

Scientists have said that it’s not fishing that is putting the Coral Sea at risk and even Green groups acknowledge this. The proposed new network of marine parks has nothing to do with science but everything to do with appeasing green groups.

The Australian fishing industry is one of the most highly regulated fishing industries in the world. Its practices are sustainable and well managed yet the Gillard Government wants us to buy fish from overseas where fishing regulations are not as robust as Australia’s.

Click here to download a flyer with details on how you can take action to stop Australians being forced to import poor quality seafood because we have been locked out of our own oceans. Please distribute the information sheet as widely as possible.

If the marine reserves are proclaimed, there will be no going back.

Reefs are in danger from dredging

DREDGING in the Great Barrier Reef poses a risk to water quality which can jeopardise coral regeneration and lead to loss of habitat and decline in marine species, says Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chief executive Russell Riechelt. “Dredging effects can be extensive,” he said.

Queensland’s Gladstone Harbour project has been at the centre of an environmental battle, with conservationists and fishermen blaming dredging in the area for a bizarre illness affecting local marine life.

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Just who is funding environmental groups?

It seems that the environmental groups that started from local community concerns have now become so big themselves they face many of the challenges of big business – how to pay for itself. Charitable trusts and funds contribute money to environmental groups – but at what price?

Is it possible these environmental groups are saying what their contributors want them to say and do in order to keep their funding? Can any environmental group that receives funding from trusts, funds or business be truly considered to be offering impartial information and advice?

A point in case is the tar sands mines in Canada. Is money from US foundations to environmental groups actually slowing down community efforts to stop tar sands mines?

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Australians to decide future of Australian waters – not oil companies

FOR an organisation that claimed a naval battle 70 years ago was proof of the need to lock Australian fishers out of our own oceans, the United States-based and oil company-funded Pew Environment Group was quick to accuse local recreational angling groups of running a misleading campaign.

Just days after an unseemly Pew video surfaced linking the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 to their campaign for marine parks, even using the words of Australian war veterans as “evidence” for their stance, the rich environmental group sent an email out to its supporters accusing recreational angling groups of “misleading” behaviour.

The email was in response to the Keep Australia Fishing campaign, which can be found at and offers recreational anglers the opportunity to send an email to Environment Minister Tony Burke, who recently announced the new network of marine parks in Commonwealth waters.

Already, many thousands of anglers have taken the couple of minutes required to have their say, but this has upset Pew, which was happy to coordinate a similar campaign in the previous round of public submissions, and indeed extensively targeted submissions from foreign supporters with web pages around the globe.

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Say goodbye to Aussie fish

Well it seems that even Piers Akerman can see the behind the scenes players at work in his article recently in The Daily Telegraph, Fun Fishing is Dead in the Water.

As Akerman says, “FANCY a nice piece of fish, caught by an Aussie fisherman off the Australian coast? Well, get down to your local fish-and-chip shop now or call a fisho, if you know one, because big multi-national environmental groups are bankrolling a campaign that will wreck the industry.

Misguided officials in state governments and Canberra are already well on the way to demolishing fisheries around the continent, locking them up in a network of marine parks that will destroy what remains of the coastal fishing industry.”

Where will our fish come from if these marine parks go ahead? From south-east Asia most likely where we have no way of knowing what state of health the environment is that the fish was caught in.

You can read Piers Akerman’s full story here:


There is plenty of fish in the sea

Ray Hilborn adds reason to the much-publicized study projecting the global collapse of most fisheries by 2048.

While conservation groups and mainstream media wail about these dire straits, Hilborn has been scratching his head and taking a critical look at the data used to make these predictions. After calling the study “mind bogglingly stupid,” he reached out to Boris Worm, its head author and thankfully “someone you can talk to,” to discuss the projection’s main shortcomings. Namely, why it doesn’t make sense to base projections of how many fish there will be in the future solely on trends of how many fish are being caught. Hilborn insisted on looking at data for the actual numbers of fish in the sea, not just the number being caught. There are plenty of reasons for fish catch to drop, including market demand and narrowing classifications of fish groups (i.e. getting more specific than “sharks”).

As a result, Hilborn and Worm brought together a diverse group of scientists, fisheries experts, and conservationists to reexamine the sustainability of commercial fishing (in the developed world) and published a much more optimistic report on the future of fish in Science in July 2009: “Rebuilding Global Fisheries.” This time around, they found a “general pattern of stability” in commercial fish populations since 1980, with the large caveat that extreme problem areas do exist.

“There’s plenty of tuna in the ocean,” Hilborn said. “[The extremely endangered] Bluefin tuna is the exception, not the rule.”

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