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Tuesday, 4 June 2013
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Recreational Fishing

(Question No. 1524)


Mr Oakeshott asked the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, in writing, on 30 May 2013:

1. What engagement (including face-to-face meetings, roundtables and site visits) was held with representatives of recreational fishing in respect of areas for recreational fishing in determining the IUCN Category II (National Park) areas for the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network.

2. Is it a fact that the disallowable instruments on the Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan will prohibit recreational fishing access to existing and future land-based National Parks; if so, (a) why, and (b) how much change will this require to existing practice.


Mr Burke: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

1. The department has now completed a long and unprecedented consultative process to establish Australia's world-leading network of marine reserves and to develop the statutory framework to ensure the reserves are managed effectively and efficiently.

The consultation process has engaged stakeholders over the last 4 years in each of the key phases of the marine bioregional planning process which were:

identification of areas for further assessment for proposed marine reserves, including extensive stakeholder meetings (May 2009 - March 2010)

90 day consultation period on draft marine reserves networks (May 2011 - February 2012)

60 day consultation period on a final marine reserves network proposal (July - September 2012)

30 day consultation period on the preparation of management plans for the marine reserves networks (November - December 2012)

30 day consultation period on the draft management plans for the marine reserves networks (January - February 2013)

The recreational fishing sector has been involved in each of the stages of the consultation process, with 138 meetings having been held specifically with recreational fishing organisations or individual recreational fishers. Attachment A1 provides details of the organisations that were represented at these meetings. Representatives from a range of recreational fishing organisations met with the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities in May 2012 prior to the commencement of the public consultation period on the final Commonwealth marine reserves network proposal. These organisations are detailed in Attachment A2.

Additionally, individual recreational fishers were able to participate in the consultation process by attending any of the 35 public information meetings held around Australia and by providing a submission within any of the statutory consultation periods. A Schedule of the 35 public information sessions is detailed in Attachment A3.

Over the last two years, the department has considered around three-quarters of a million public submissions, including from the recreational fishing sector, with the overwhelming response in support of establishment of Commonwealth marine reserves.

The final Commonwealth marine reserves allow recreational fishing in all zones except highly protected Sanctuary (IUCN Ia) zones and Marine National Park (IUCN II) zones. Areas important to recreational fishers have largely been avoided by locating the majority of highly protected zones far offshore and remote from access points such as boat ramps. In Commonwealth waters, some 96 per cent of all waters within 100km of the shore (excluding the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park) will be open to recreational fishing.

2. No. The management plans for Commonwealth marine reserves relate to Commonwealth waters only. This area generally begins 3 nautical miles (5.5km) offshore at the edge of state waters, and extends to the edge of Australia's exclusive economic zone, 200 nautical miles from shore. Commonwealth waters do not include beaches, bays and estuaries in coastal waters. The management plans before Parliament do not change arrangements in any terrestrial national parks.

Attachment A1

Recreational fishing organisations and businesses that have participated in meetings regarding the establishment of Commonwealth marine reserves and management arrangements:

Advisory Committee on Recreational Fishing Sub Committee

Advisory Council of Recreational Fishing New South Wales

Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory

Australian Fishing Expeditions

Australian Fishing Trade Association

Australian National Sportsfishing Association

Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation

Australian Underwater Federation

Barradave Sportsfishing Services

Belmont Fishing Club

Boating Industry Alliance of New South Wales

Boating Industry Association of Western Australia

Boating Industry Australia

Broken Bay Game Fishing Club

Broome Fishing Club

Byron Bay to Tweed Community for a Fishing Future

Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association

Calypso Fishing Charters

Canberra Game Fishing Club

CapReef

Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Club

Conservation Council Western Australia / Fishers for Conservation

Dampier Archipelago Preservation Society

Deep Sea Angling Club

Ecofishers Queensland

Floreat Reef Charters

Game Fishing Association of Australia

Game Fishing Association of New South Wales

Great Escape Cruises

Halco Tackle

International Gamefishing Association

Kiama Charter Services

Marlin Charters

Mitchell's Marine Centre

Marine Queensland

Marine Tourism Western Australia

Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club

Narooma Sports and Game Fishing Club

New South Wales Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing

New South Wales Recreational Fishing Trust Fund Committee

Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club

Nomad Sports and Game Fishing Charter Service

Nomad Sportsfishing Charters

Norfolk Island Fishing Association

Northern Territory Game Fishing Association

Port Stephens Game Fishing Club

Ports Stephens Professional and Amatuer Fishers

Queensland Charter Vessels Association

Queensland Game Fishing Association

Recfish Australia

Recfish West

Recreational Fisheries Advisory Council

Recreational Fishing Alliance New South Wales

Seagulls Fishing Club

South Australian Fishing Industry Council

 South Australian Recreational Fishing Advisory Council

 South West Rocks Country Club

 Sunfish Mackay

 Sunfish Queensland

 Sunfish Queensland (Tablelands)

Townsville Game Fishing Club

Townsville Game Fishing Association of Queensland

Underwater Skindivers and Fishermens Association

Western Australian Gamefishing Association

Attachment A2

Recreational fishing organisations and businesses that met with the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities in May 2012:

Australian Fishing Expeditions

Australian Fishing Trade Association

Australian National Sportsfishing Association

Australian Underwater Federation

Boating Industry Alliance of New South Wales

Boating Industry Association of Western Australia

Boating Industry Australia

Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association

Game Fishing Association of Australia

Halco Tackle

Kiama Charter Service

Marine Queensland

Marlin Charters

Mitchell's Marine Centre

New South Wales Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing

Nomad Sportsfishing Charters

Queensland Charter Vessels Association

Queensland Game Fishing Association

Recfishwest

Recreational Fishing Alliance New South Wales

South Australian Recreational Fishing Advisory Council

Sunfish Queensland

Townsville Game Fishing Association of Queensland

Underwater Skindivers and Fishermens Association

Western Australian Gamefishing Association

Attachment A3

Public information session schedules - draft marine reserve network proposals

South-west Marine Region:

Town

When

Port Lincoln

Thursday 19 May 2011

Geraldton

Thursday 19 May 2011

Ceduna

Monday 23 May 2011

Jurien Bay

Monday 23 May 2011

Streaky Bay

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Bunbury

Thursday 26 May 2011

Kangaroo Island

Thursday 26 May 2011

Margaret River

Monday 30 May 2011

Albany

Thursday 2 June 2011

Esperance

Monday 6 June 2011

 

North-west Marine Region:

Town

When

Broome

Thursday 25 August 2011

Kalbarri

Monday 29 August 2011

Port Hedland

Monday 29 August 2011

Karratha

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Carnarvon

Wednesday 31 August 2011

Exmouth

Thursday 1 September 2011

 

North Marine Region:

Town

When

Darwin

Thursday 1 September 2011

Normanton

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Karumba

Thursday 8 September 2011

Weipa

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Nhulunbuy (Gove)

Monday 19 September 2011

Burketown

Tuesday 4 October 2011

 

Temperate East Marine Region:

Town

When

Port Stephens

Monday 21 November 2011

Forster

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Bermagui

Monday 28 November 2011

Ulladulla

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Jervis Bay

Thursday 1 December 2011

Norfolk Island

Saturday 3 December 2011

Coffs Harbour

Monday 5 December 2011

Lord Howe Island

Thursday 8 December 2011

 

Coral Sea Marine Region:

Town

When

Hervey Bay

Monday 5 December 2011

Cairns

Thursday 8 December 2011

Gladstone

Monday 12 December 2011

Mackay

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Townsville

Friday 16 December 2011