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Save the coral sea campaign

The Federal Labor Government closed the Coral Sea - 1 million sqm kilometres of ocean - to Australian fishers. The decision to do so was not based on science at all but rather Green preference deals. There is no logical explanation other than it's a political exercise to appease fringe green groups. Locking up the Coral Sea does not protect it. Join the campaign today.

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As many of you know the science underpinning decisions with the Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process and Coral Sea closure is appalling. Moreover, serious tensions exists and questions are being asked with regard to the science used in SA, VIC and NSW to substantiate large scale marine reserves all in the name of marine bio-diversity.

Perhaps more alarming is the lack of disclosure by so called 'eminent' scientists in terms of who pays their bills and where their funding comes from. Add to this a distinct lack of independent peer review and is it any wonder the commercial and recreational sectors have lost faith in the profession of marine science.


The Umpire

Industry, fishos. pros, amateurs, mums and dads and kids will always accept the umpires decision so long as there is transparency and accountability. But this isn't occurring especially with the Gillard Federal Government. As an example in two years of work with the Marine Bio-Regional Planning process we have not met a single government science and apparently according to Tony Burke, the entire MBPP is a science driven process!



We have an extensive array of scientific information on our site. Most of this is available online but if it isn't then call us. We keep some information off our site so the rabid green NGO's don't get their hands on it. If you'd like specific research or contacts for the most respected and independent marine scientists around the world, then give our national office a call.

State of World Fisheries - Dr Ray Hilborn

Listen to Professor Ray Hilborn about the state of world fisheries. Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. This is his video presentation at the New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference 2010.


State of the World Fisheries - Part 1 Click

State of the World Fisheries - Part 2 Click

State of the World Fisheries - Part 3 Click




Fishery Statistics / Papers    
pdf Australian Fisheries Statistics 2008 pdf Australian Fisheries Statistics 2009
pdf Australian Fisheries Statistics 2010 pdf Australian Fisheries Statistics 2011
pdf Orange Roughy - Stock assessment and future developments pdf Is Tuna Fishing Sustainable - With BlueWater
pdf The National
Recreational and Indigenous
Fishing Survey
Economic Papers    
pdf Australian Recreational Marine Industry Statistics pdf AMA submission to the Coral Sea Marine Reserve Proposal
pdf Seafood Industry Summit, 2050 and Food Security, Canberra pdf Economic Study of Recreational Fishing in Victoria
pdf Australian Boating Usage Study pdf USA Fish Habitat Act
pdf Recreational fishing in Australia -
2011 and beyond: a national industry
development strategy
Scientific Papers    
pdf Commonwealth Marine Protected Areas Displaced Activities Analysis - MAXimus Solutions pdf Ben Diggles submission to the Senate Enquiry pointing out that Australia has already fulfilled our international obligations in terms of representative and comprehensive network of marine reserves.




Digfish Services report that blows the lid on the Coral Sea science
pdf Science and Marine Parks in New South Wales: the hoodwinking continues
pdf Lesson Learned Paper pdf Australia’s Out-Dated Concern over Fishing Threatens Wise Marine Conservation and Ecologically Sustainable Seafood Supply

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established in 1991 as a $1 billion pilot program from the World Bank to assist in the protection of the global environment and to promote environmental sustainable development
This paper is a distillation of lessons they have learned from 20 years of implementing Marine Protected Areas in developing countries, a total of 65 different projects. The brief and the first 5 pages of the complete paper are priceless. We can only hope that the Government will take note of the GEFs hard won lessons on what marine parks
can and can't do, based on 20 years of experience, but at the moment it looks like they are intent on reinventing the wheel and making the same mistakes.