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Australian fishermen granted access to marine parks

Staff Writer |
The Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA) has welcomed the passing of the federal government’s marine park management plans in the senate.

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The plans allow commercial fishermen to access 17 percent of the country’s 3.3 million square kilometre system of marine parks and, according to the CFA, the decision secures “the future of our $3.2 billion commercial fishing industry”.

"This has been a long time coming, and for our commonwealth wild-catch fishers it provides certainty.

"We have been united in standing strong for our fishing rights, whilst advocating for the conservation of marine habitats.

"We, just like the public want to see fish for the future,” CFA Chair Anthony Ciconte said.

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