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9th June - HSI welcomes Labor marine parks policy      

HSI welcomes Labor marine parks policy

9th June, 2016

Humane Society International (HSI) has today welcomed the commitment by the Australian Labor Policy to protect marine parks. This means that all of the major parties, with the exception of the Coalition, have committed to realistic plans to implement the national network of marine parks.

HSI’s Senior Program Manager Alexia Wellbelove said, “Fully costed management plans are already available - a result of more than a decade of scientific assessment, widespread consultation with affected industries and three-quarters of a million public submissions which overwhelmingly supported their establishment. There is therefore no need for further delay in their implementation.”

"Highly sensitive marine environments, including critical habitats – feeding and breeding areas – for threatened species that were to be protected under the 2012 network are under serious threat from an expansion of commercial fishing and from oil and gas exploration,” continued Ms Wellbelove. "The lack of direction from the government has led to three years of uncertainty for coastal communities, tourism and fishing businesses, while its review has sought to reinvent the extensive consultation and assessment done since John Howard announced his world-first Oceans Policy in 1999."

HSI urges the Coalition to lift the suspension on the National Network of Marine Parks without further delay and commit to fully funding the management plans,” concluded Ms Wellbelove.

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