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Marine parks and fishery management: what’s the best way to protect fish?


Gardner, C, Marine parks and fishery management: what's the best way to protect fish?, The Guardian Australia, Guardian News and Media Limited, Australia, 4 October 2016, pp. 1-4. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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While academics often focus on biodiversity objectives for marine parks, the public and political debate tends to come down to one thing: fishing.

When former federal MP Rob Oakeshott cast one of the deciding votes in support of the Commonwealth marine parks plan in 2013, he explained that he believed they benefit fisheries. The federal government has also emphasised the benefit of marine parks to fisheries production.

There’s also an academic debate.When a study showed that the Great Barrier Reef marine park had harmed fisheries production, there was a passionate response from other experts. This is despite advocates arguing that reserves are primarily about biodiversity conservation, rather than fishing production.

Clearly, fishing is a hot issue for marine parks. So what does the science say?

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:Coral Sea, marine parks, commercial fishing, overfishing, sustainable fishing, marine parks, marine reserves series, MPA, biodiversity, fisheries, food security
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
ID Code:111874
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2016-10-12
Last Modified:2016-10-13

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