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#1 Resident Rednek Bigbadpete

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:27 AM

OPINION: Who's misleading who, Pew?


26 Jul 2012
By Scott Coghlan

FOR an organisation that claimed a naval battle 70 years ago was proof of the need to lock Australian fishers out of our own oceans, the United States-based and oil company-funded Pew Environment Group was quick to accuse local recreational angling groups of running a misleading campaign.

Just days after an unseemly Pew video surfaced linking the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 to their campaign for marine parks, even using the words of Australian war veterans as "evidence" for their stance, the rich environmental group sent an email out to its supporters accusing recreational angling groups of "misleading" behaviour.
The email was in response to the Keep Australia Fishing campaign, which can be found at www.keepaustraliafishing.com.auand offers recreational anglers the opportunity to send an email to Environment Minister Tony Burke, who recently announced the new network of marine parks in Commonwealth waters.

Already, many thousands of anglers have taken the couple of minutes required to have their say, but this has upset Pew, which was happy to coordinate a similar campaign in the previous round of public submissions, and indeed extensively targeted submissions from foreign supporters with web pages around the globe.
Outraged that Australian anglers should be allowed to have their own say, Pew fired out an email slamming "lobby groups" for "flooding federal Environment Minister Tony Burke with negative emails demanding that coral reefs be left open to fishing. They have placed two large advertisements in The Australian which are misleading and inaccurate".
I found it intriguing that anglers are mere "lobby groups" – one would think we Australian fishers are in fact stakeholders in how our ocean is managed and it is this foreign conservation goliath that is the lobby group.
The email from Pew came just days after I discovered a video on their YouTube channel about the Battle of the Coral Sea. The video ran for just under seven minutes and featured two war veterans and a naval historian. Both the veterans wanted more recognition for the Coral Sea skirmish within Australia, and this quote: "The Coral Sea ought to be remembered. It should be a memorial of some sort, some sort of maritime reserve and it should be protected more than it is" was seized upon by Pew, which commissioned the video.

The spiel below the video drew a tenuous link between the historical significance of the Coral Sea and the need to lock fishing out: "Through the Protect Our Coral Sea campaign, Pew's Global Ocean Legacy is working with Australian conservation organizations (sic) to help safeguard this unique area for the future," it said.

I spoke to the naval historian, who said he was simply asked by Pew to provide a historical perspective of the battle "four or five years ago".

While neither of the veterans could be contacted, one was believed to be in very poor health at the time of filming and has apparently passed away since, I spoke to representatives of the Returned and Services League (RSL), who were most interested to see the video. But when they tried to watch it the following day, it had mysteriously disappeared from the Pew Group's YouTube channel.

RSL national president, rear admiral Ken Doolan, who said the Battle of the Coral Sea was very well recognised with ceremonies every year, believed it was quite obvious why the video, which had been up for more than 12 months, suddenly vanished.
"I'm sure the two people they interviewed were well meaning," he said.

"The fact they have taken it down from the website suggests they (Pew) know it was beyond the pale."

At the same time Pew was lambasting Australian angling groups and pulling down dodgy videos, an open letter from Pew to the US-based Sport Fishing magazine exposed the sheer hypocrisy of its push to lock up our waters. Sport Fishing's editor Doug Olander had written a piece about the push for marine parks in Australia and warned that the US would be next, tipping the Gulf of Mexico as the next marine battlefield.

However, Pew director of federal fisheries policy Lee Crockett said this would never happen, as the Gulf of Mexico had too much economic and social value to the US.

"Closing the Gulf to all fishing wouldn't make sense – for fishing enthusiasts or the environment," he said.
"These waters are a major US economic driver.
"The Gulf offers excellent angling opportunities, and sport and commercial fishing generates billions of dollars and provides fresh seafood to much of the nation."

In the letter, Crockett describes himself as an avid angler who enjoys fishing the Gulf of Mexico.

Just remind me again - who is it that is "misleading" the people of Australia?
Scott Coghlan is the editor of Western Angler magazine and a columnist for the Sunday Times.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 04:16 PM

Unfortunately this 'opinion' says nothing about why Pew has supported restricting fishing in certain parts of Australia -- or why amatuer fishermen deserve some special consideration and won't put too much pressure on or do too much damage to local marine resources.

Instead it simply reads as a hit job on Pew -- an organization that also works to protect whales by the way -- among other issues.
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:46 PM

The other issues, are the bone of contention to over 5 million amatuer fishers in Australia. The legitimacy of the Labor-Green marine parks will be tested in the 2013 Federal election, and given the fact the the labor-Green minority government is the most unpopular in Australia,s history, their eminent demise will not be a loss, or a surprise, Julia and her Green partners are on a knife edge, they only have to lose one seat in Queensland for the whole rotten pack of cards to tumble into history.

Never before have amatuerfisher folk ever been so united to oppose PEW, and their lock out mentality, why should we allow the American conservationists tell us what we can do in our own country.
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:17 AM

Marine reserve threat to Bluefin Tuna fishing
The Country Alliance party has expressed concern over the silence by the Gillard Government on
the future of recreational fishing for Bluefin Tuna in Commonwealth marine reserves.
Party spokesman, Garry Kerr congratulated Victorian Fisheries Minister Peter Walsh for seeking a
guarantee that recreational fishing for Southern Bluefin Tuna would continue. He said it was
disappointing neither Federal Ministers Joe Ludwig nor Tony Burke have offered any response to
Minister Walsh's request
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“The Federal Government’s record of unjustified fishing lock-outs and their continued refusal to
address recreational fishing concerns offers little hope for a future change in attitude,” he said.
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:53 AM

The Australian Government has released its plan for a new network of marine parks, calling it the largest system of marine reserves in the world.


Don Henry from the Conservation Foundation and Dean Logan from the Australian Marine Alliance give their take on the Federal LABOR-GREEN minority Government's plan for a huge network of marine parks around Australia.



The Federal LABOR-GREEN MINORITY Government will today release the details of a national network of marine parks that will dwarf anything anywhere in the world. The Government says the five zones it intends to set aside will be the biggest single conservation announcement

Recreational fishers in Queensland say they're furious but not surprised at the Federal LABOR-GREEN MINORITY Government's announcement of plans to create extensive marine parks around Australia. The Australian Conservation Foundation is supportive of the changes

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A marine turtle swims at the Great Barrier Reef.[Reuters] As part of a national marine park estate, the Australian government wants to extend the existing marine park in the Coral Sea and the area surrounding the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia's Environment Minister Tony Burke says the move is the "next step" in ocean protection.
The network will be made up of five main zones in offshore waters surrounding every state and territory.
But the government will have to pay up to $US100 million in compensation to commercial fishers who will be locked out of some of the new marine parks.

"It's time for the world to turn a corner on protection of our oceans," Mr Burke said as he announced the plans on Thursday.

" The LABOR-GREEN MINORITY  Government of Australia today is leading that next step."

See detailed maps of Australia's planned marine reserves.

The proposed network places limits on oil and gas exploration off Western Australia and extends reef protection in the Coral Sea.
"This is the largest network of marine reserves anywhere in the world," Mr Burke told the ABC's AM.
"What we've done is effectively create a national parks estate in the ocean.
"The areas where you've got some of the most substantial outcomes are areas like the south-west of WA, areas like the Perth Canyon, which is an area as large as the Grand Canyon that would have been protected years ago had it been on land."
Mr Burke says parts of the Limmen Marine Park off the Northern Territory coast will be included in the plan.
"Limmen is an extraordinary area of sea-grass meadows, an important home to dugong, sea turtles, and an area worthy of the protection that it gets."
He says the "jewel in the crown" is in the Coral Sea off Queensland.
"People were saying we'd protected a lot of the Coral Sea in our proposal but people are asking us to really push the boundaries and cover some more reefs," he said.
"Well, in the final government position that comes out later today we've added Marion Reef, Bougainville Reef, Vema Reef, Shark Reef and Osprey Reef...one of the top dive sites in the world."

The plan falls short of demands by environmental groups who wanted all commercial fishing in the Coral Sea banned.
And oil and gas exploration will still be allowed close to some protected areas.

When the ABC revealed some of the details on Monday Senator Ron Boswell  of the  SHOOTERS AND FISHERS PARTY said the Opposition would fight the plans every step of the way.

But Mr Burke has dismissed the Opposition concerns.

"Ron Boswell, you know, he's opposed to any level of marine protection. He believes in fisheries management but he doesn't believe in establishing a national parks estate in the ocean. And at that point, it is just a fundamental difference of opinion," he said.
"There are some areas where the oil and gas industry is there quite close to some of the protected areas. Certainly wherever there is a marine national park established in those areas, there is a ban on oil and gas.

"Throughout the whole of the Coral Sea there is a ban on oil and gas and we've established a significant area around the Margaret River area where oil and gas will also be excluded."

The Australian Conservation Foundation's Chris Smyth says although the park declarations don't go as far as he'd like, he's still very happy with the announcement.

"There's a lot of stakeholders involved in this: the oil and gas industry, the commercial and recreational fishermen, environment groups and so on.

"Obviously some of the areas we would have liked to have got are still being opened to oil and gas interests and commercial interests, but across the board we think it's a major achievement in terms of oceans conservation.

A final consultation process is to be completed before the initiative goes ahead.
Recreational fishing fallout

Recreational fishers believe the government's plans are all about winning green votes in the cities, and they say it is absurd to protect areas where fish are thriving.

Sunfish Queensland - which represents 35,000 mostly recreational fishers and voters - says the move is a step too far.

"What it does do is it takes away the validity of the true value of a green zone, which is there to protect things that are under threat," the organisation's Judy Lynne said.

"[It will be] a huge tourism loss to Queensland. There are a few iconic places where people like to go and fish in Australia, out off the Kimberleys, up in the Gulf and in the Coral Sea.

"That's now taken away from generations to come, when we have been shown to have no impact."

Ms Lynne also said Australia's border security could be compromised if fishers are excluded from areas like the Coral Sea.
But the Australian Conservation Foundation says the announcement is just the start of taking back Australia's waters for preservation.
"It's a historic conservation achievement. And we are going to be the leader, the global leader in oceans protection," Mr Smyth said.
"We understand the circumstances we find ourselves in in terms of the politics and the economics. But we just want to keep working with the government, with stakeholders and with the community to gradually improve the way we look after our oceans.

AND OF COURSE AFTER THE 2013 FEDERAL ELECTION AND MR BURKE IS BACK ON THE OPPOSITION BACK BENCH THE NEW RESERVES WILL BE HISTORY, HIS HISTORY.
















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