Tourism, Indigenous groups welcome WA’s South Coast Marine Park, but opposition from commercial fishers

The Western Australian government has proposed closing a quarter of waters between Bremer Bay and the South Australian border to all fishing under its new south coast marine park plan.  The proposed park will span 1,000 kilometres of coastline, with the aquatic activities allowed in some areas unchanged, others reduced, and some banned altogether. Manue Daniels has been fishing commercially from Esperance with her family for 15 years. She said the consultation process had been long, frustrating and taken a toll on her mental health. Ms Daniles said she still hoped the government would do the right thing.  “I think it just shows that this government puts no value towards what we do. We are just second-class citizens,” she said. more, >>click to read<< 14:55

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