Government Releases Map Detailing South Australia Marine Park Zones to Heavy Criticism

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Revolution Marine Finance, a boat finance firm in Australia, criticises bill in controversial blog post.

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It’s not one guy taking his boat out every day to make a living that’s the problem here; it’s the big fisheries using fleets of huge ships who are doing all of the damage.

The Government recently released the particulars on the South Australia Marine Parks bill, including a map of 19 Marine Parks. The bill has caused a lot of heated discussion and controversy in recent months, and the release of the map, containing close to 150 “no-take” or “sanctuary” zones, has generated a sizeable amount of negative feedback from fishermen, especially those who depend on fishing in those waters for their livelihoods.

The stated goals of the bill and the sanctuary zones are both lofty and admirable. The bill is designed to lower pollution, reduce destructive fishing practices, and restore the fish population to what is called “maximum ecologically sustainable yield.” According to marine biologist Josh Coates, fishermen would have to catch between 15% and 30% less fish on a yearly basis to facilitate the population increase.

However, most fishermen don’t feel that this bill is the best way to accomplish those goals, and many feel that their ability to make a living will be severely compromised if the sanctuary zones, which cover approximately 6% of SA waters, go into effect in their current form.

In a recent story on the ABC News website, one fisherman said that he would be forced to go up to 7 km further into the ocean to fish, while another said that all four of his favourite fishing spots would be prohibited if the zones were enacted as currently formatted.

Most of the zones are close to shore, meaning that most fishing will have to take place further out into the ocean. Since the commercial fisheries have the biggest boats and the biggest budgets, it will be much easier for them to move their operations further out to sea than it will be for the individual fisherman or the small company with a few smaller boats.

Ben Crombie, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Revolution Marine Finance, feels that the current map will subject fishermen to undue hardship: “It’s not going to cost the big fisheries much money to go further into the ocean, and they will probably just pass the cost on to consumers anyway. Sadly, it’s the little guy who is going to suffer the most here.”

Crombie continued: “It doesn’t really seem like this law is going to have its intended effects, anyway. All it’s going to do is move the problems further offshore. I admire the goals of this bill, but I think they are going about it all wrong. It’s the large operations that are doing the bulk of the damage, but it’s the little guy who is going to have the debilitating effects on his business. If they want to reduce pollution and destructive fishing practices, why don’t they just make it illegal to do and then enforce the law?”

Crombie elaborated further: “It’s not one guy taking his boat out every day to make a living that’s the problem here; it’s the big fisheries using fleets of huge ships who are doing all of the damage. Some of them have more dead fish to throw back into the water than they do live fish to take to market.”

Crombie concluded, “The Government said they would listen to the feedback of fishermen, but the fishermen don’t feel like their voices were heard.”

Revolution Marine Finance is an established boat loan lender in Australia. They take the stress out of the lending process to help you get the boat you want. They give finance solutions for yachts, Jet Skis, and commercial boats.

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