Watch Ray Hilborn, Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, speak at the New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference 2010.
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
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:
Fishing World reports that the results from a recent survey revealing 70 per cent approval for the federal Government’s marine parks plans have been called into question following revelations the polling company had close links with anti-fishing groups, including the US-based Pew organisation.
The poll was conducted by Essential Research on June 25 and since the poll’s release, it has been revealed that Essential Research has links with various anti-fishing groups via what appears to be its sister company, Essential Media Communications (EMC).
You can follow up on the story here: http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/pew-linked-to-dodgy-marine-parks-poll
It is time for the Federal Government to admit the Greens and environmental groups have hijacked the Marine Parks plans and the Australian people do not want an expansion of the marine parks which will see the end to Australian fishing.
The commonly held belief is that the mining and oil companies and the environmental groups are mortal enemies. In reality though, the environmental movement, supposedly big oil’s implacable foe, found itself on the receiving end of about $50 million a year from three oil conglomerates, operating through front groups politely described as private foundations.
So much for independent research and truth. When your funding is dependent on how you present information, then you will make sure your message meets the dictates of those who are funding you.
Pew admits targeting Australia for lockouts!
THE US-based anti-fishing organisation Pew has admitted it pressured the Australian Government to lock anglers out of vast areas of the Coral Sea but would not take the same action in American waters because it would harm the US economy and disadvantage local fishermen.
The Pew comments have outraged Australian anglers, who stand to be seriously disadvantaged by federal Environment Minister Tony Burke’s decision to support the American organisation’s sustained anti-fishing campaign.
Read more about how this group is funding the destruction of Australian fishing at http://www.marinebusiness.com.au/news/pew-admits-targeting-australia-for-lockouts
And Pew happily brags about its role here: http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/opinions/good-on-ya-mate-australia-protects-incredibly-big-ocean-area-85899400653
Our world offers some wonderful insights and the more we discover about our world, the better we understand it. Along with this increase in knowledge, we can also become victims of that very same knowledge when it is used by certain groups to further their own agenda.
This blog is about providing you with a one-stop spot to find out the truth about Australia’s marine world and its conservation. Australia has one of the highest records for marine conservation and yet constant media bombardment by commercial interest groups such as multi-national corporations, lobbyists and NGOs would have us believe otherwise. These groups all have one aim – selling their product. They are not interested in the truth – they are interested in contorting information and getting you to believe their misinformation is the truth.
The truth is here! I invite you to discover the truth for yourself here today and celebrate Australia’s marine diversity and the people who work, live and play in our seas and oceans.