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Australia: After Elections, Uncertain Future for New Marine Protected Areas

The victory of the Liberal National Party Coalition in Australian federal elections on Saturday, Sept. 7, blurs the future of marine protected areas created only last year.

Just before the vote, now-Prime Minister Tony Abbott said last Wednesday that his government would review the boundaries of the new marine areas and scrap their just-finished management plans so that the fishing industry can be given a greater say.

“We do not want to lock up our oceans”, Mr. Abbott said, adding: “We do not won’t make decisions that damage the lives of people without talking to people first”.

Last year, the Labor-led government had announced its decision to protect more than 2.3m sq km of ocean, offering $A100m in compensation to the fishing industry.

Full Story on The Guardian >>

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