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

JOIN OUR RALLY ON AUGUST 19, 2012

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.

You can read more here: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/dredging-poses-risk-to-reef-authority/

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.”

Read more at:  http://grist.org/article/food-2010-11-08-eat-fish-to-save-rainforests-says-scientist-ray-hilborn/

Locking up Australia’s waters ruins the environment

Professor Ray Hilborn from Washington University’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences says that when you are not overfishing, marine parks will do little to protect the environment. Australia leads the world in its sustainable fishing practices so this is not a problem.

If the marine parks come into being, then Australia will be forced to source its seafood from other countries who do not practice sustainable fishing. For example, South East Asian shrimp farms rip out mangroves.

To lock up areas that can produce food is counterproductive and the global environmental cost is significant because the places Australia will get seafood from are going to have a high environmental cost compared to very, very little environmental benefit from marine parks.

You can read the full interview here:  http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3442128.htm

Marine Parks not the answer to real threat to biodiversity

Bob Kearney, Emeritus Professor of Fisheries at the University of Canberra, says the Australian public has been hoodwinked into signing away its rights to fish in its own waters because we believe that the proposal for the Batemans Marine Park is actually based on sound science and that the park will deliver considerable benefits to biodiversity conservation and recreational fishing.

The reality is that there will likely be no demonstrable benefit and we should be looking to threats such as siltation, pollution and introduced pests to preserve our biodiversity.

You can read more from Dr Bob Kearney at:

http://aerg.canberra.edu.au/reprints/2007_Kearney_pros_cons_marine_protected_areas_NSW.pdf

http://www.thefishingparty.info/uploads/PDF-KEARNEYsubmission.pdf