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The Coalition's policy for a more competitive and sustainable fisheries sector August 26, 2013

A Coalition government will restore confidence in the Australian fishing industry by returning scientific and commercial rigour to

decision making about Marine Protected Areas.

If elected, the Coalition will suspend and review the flawed Management Plans for Marine Protected Areas that have been

imposed without fair, adequate or thoughtful consultation.

Fishing is a major industry and Australia needs a balanced and informed approach to fisheries management.

We know that the biggest supporter of environmentally responsible fishing practices is the fishing industry - because they do not want to harm the very environment that is providing them with a living.

Australians aren’t just proud fishers, they are smart fishers - and they know that Labor’s marine park lockouts are about managing

the Greens, not managing the environment.

A sustainable fishing industry is an integral part of a strong primary producing sector.

The Coalition is committed to supporting the Rural Research and Development Corporations with greater funding to deliver cutting edge technology, continued applied research, and an increased emphasis on collaborative innovation and extension.

The Coalition will boost confidence in the Australian fishing industry. We will:

· Scrap the carbon tax.

· Immediately suspend and review the flawed Management Plans for Marine Protected Areas imposed without fair or adequate consultation.

· Require peer reviewed scientific evidence of threats to marine diversity within the Marine Protected Areas to be made publicly available.

· Establish a Bioregional Advisory Panel for each of the five marine bioregions.

· Establish a National Recreational Fishing Council to improve lines of communication between recreational fishers and

government.

· Cut red tape as part of the Coalition’s policy to cut $1 billion in red and green tape. Areas identified include streamlining

of regulatory audits required under the Food Safety and ExportCertification(AQIS), harmonisation of regulations and simplification of regulations around management of introduced fish species.

· Work with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Indigenous Reference Group to improve engagement with indigenous communities.

· Conduct recreational fishing surveys every five years.

· Recognise OceanWatch as a Natural Resource Management Group with responsibility for enhancing fish habitats and

improving water quality.

· Provide $5 million to target invasive marine species with a view to the removal or eradication of these marine pests.

· Fight illegal foreign fishing and ensure the ACV Ocean Protector and/or its replacement is provided with sufficient funding.

The ‘lock-up’ mentality of Labor completely ignores the fact that Australia’s recreational and commercial fishers are dedicated to

sustainability.

A Coalition government willhelp the fishing industry around Australia employ more people and grow by abolishing the carbon tax, lowering the company tax rate to 28.5 per cent and by introducing our Policy for Fisheries.

The Coalition’s Policy for A More Competitive and Sustainable Fisheries Sector is part of Our Real Solutions Plan to build a

stronger Australia and a better future - for all Australians.

Tony Abbott Federal Member for Warringah | Leader of the Opposition

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