Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Green Efforts Could Backfire on Environment

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Green Efforts Could Backfire on Environment

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Arthur Gorrie

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arthur.gorrie@gympietimes.com

TIN Can Bay marine environmental consultant Joe McLeod has welcomed new claims that locking up fisheries has damaged a vital primary industry, exported Australian jobs and achieved no environmental benefits.

And Mr McLeod said he was alarmed by claims that Australia's fishing effort in the Coral Sea might not be sufficient for the world to continue to recognise our territorial claim to the waters.

aIt means fishing restrictions will not save fish or have any conservation outcomes, but they will let less well-regulated foreign fishing vessels come in and do whatever they want,a he said.

Mr McLeod said yesterday the claims had originated with world-acknowledged marine expert, American-born Walter Starck, who now lived in North Queensland.

aWe have strict limits on the tuna we can catch as they swim up our coastline, but when they get to Papua New Guinea, they are caught by Asian companies with PNG fishing licences. …

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