Fishing For Reef Reform

The move by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority last year to expand no-fishing "green" zones from 4% to 33% of the reef won plaudits from scientists and conservationists, but few friends in the fishing industry. Despite a consultation process that attracted 30,000 submissions, fishermen say they were ignored by the authority - which is why they're keenly awaiting a review of its powers, promised by the federal Coalition government in return for Fishing Party preferences in last October's election. Last week Environment Minister Ian Campbell's office would only repeat that the review...

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