Marine Parks - Sustainable Management

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will maintain South Australia’s network of marine parks but revise the current Sanctuary (No Take) Zone boundaries.

 

The Problem

South Australia has a great environment.

In protecting it, we need to recognise it provides economic opportunity as well, particularly in regional communities.

Our marine environment is a case in point.

We have wonderful beaches and ocean areas.

Properly managed, they can support more jobs as well as remaining a precious asset for present and future generations.

Previous Liberal governments supported the creation of marine parks.

But the approach of the Weatherill Labor Government to management of these parks is flawed.

Unnecessary restrictions through a multiplicity of Sanctuary (No Take) Zones are having a devastating impact on some important sectors of our economy. This holds back investment and jobs. Regional communities, the tourism industry and both commercial and recreational fishers are suffering because management measures imposed by Labor are not supported by sound science.

The State Liberals Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will maintain South Australia’s network of marine parks but revise the current Sanctuary (No Take) Zone boundaries.

We will:

Review marine park management plans and zone clclassificationsithin the State’s 19 marine parks using a ‘threats based determination’ in accordance with the COAG National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas, taking into account
proposals of the Marine Park Local Advisory
Group and regional action groups

Consider the recommendations of the final report of the Legislative Council’s Select
Committee into Marine Parks

Include the protection of Adelaide metropolitan coastal waters in the same ‘threat based determination’ as all other South Australian waters

Value the input to policy implementation of the commercial and recreational fishing sectors as well as regional community representatives

Remain committed to protecting the marine environment through the aquatic reserve provisions in the Fisheries Management Act 2007

Allow Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) to continue management of sustainable fishing rather than transferring this responsibility to the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)