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Marine Plan for Tasmania Desperately Needed

By March 12, 2024No Comments

Have you noticed lately it’s become harder and harder to catch a fish around Tasmania’s coastline?

It’s not going to get any better until we get a plan.

A comprehensive marine plan that is ecosystem based and integrates different activities, allowing for the needs of the environment to remain healthy. The plan would identify current and future objectives for all uses, users and values. It would be a collaborative, science-based approach using multi-sector marine spatial planning that considers environmental, cultural, social and economic factors.

Tasmanian scientists from IMAS, CSIRO, UTAS and the Centre for Marine Socioecology all recommend a co-ordinated approach to managing our coastal waters.

This is nothing new. New South Wales, Victoria and the Great Barrier Reef are all a step ahead of Tasmania in implementing integrated ecosystem-based marine planning and management.

Tasmania’s oceans are incredible, with world-class ecosystems and marine life, some of the species here are found nowhere else on earth.

Our ocean environment is crucial to Tasmania’s economy and for our thriving coastal communities: $1.15 billion from fisheries and aquaculture and $2.5 billion from tourism.

But there is no overarching plan for how we manage all of these pressures and uses. Clearly, mismanagement of the marine environment has got us to this point. We need to carefully manage compounding issues like invasive species, salmon farming and marine heatwaves.

If I am elected to the Tasmanian parliament, I will continue to advocate for a marine plan for Tasmania. A plan that ensures healthy oceans and thriving, sustainable fisheries for our community and for future generations of Tasmanians.

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