NineMSN | 26 November 2013

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CPD Marine economy fellow Caroline Hoisington’s paper found that 15 years is a minimum period to assess the impact of marine parks, and that the reserves also deliver clear social & economic benefits to their local communities.

The NineMSN account reveals:

More than six months after the NSW government opened up marine sanctuaries to recreational fishing, a new report is warning the pastime can have as much damage as its commercial counterparts.

Read the NineMSN article on the Marine protection dividend paper online

This article was also published in The Australian, The Mercury and on 7 News


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I’m afraid with not one verifiable reference and quite obvious reliance on other similarly researched articles this is merely a re-hashed version of old, meaningless news.
Specific errors in the article:

There is SOME literature that suggest an increase in Red Morwong in Jervis Bay MP… not Solitary Islands MP. Red Morwong are NOT targeted by recreational or commercial fishers … an explanation MAY be that improvements in EPA control of run-off has contributed (anecdotal).

There is NO verifiable studies that have been done that JBMP has had an improvement in its economy of $2.4million. Is that an annual improvement or since JBMP was established in 1998 or since the the zoning settled in 2002 … VERY poor detail for such a prestigious economist.

The Blue spotted flathead is a medium depth fish …unlikely to be caught in water <25m. it's status is fully fished, its catch per unit effort is stable and it is a fast maturing fish. There are NO identified threats from FISHING to this species. It is being fished sustainably.

The claim is made that 15 years are needed before they can be "properly tested". This is a claim by AMSA … like a rubber band the claim is getting longer and longer from 2006 when 5 years was the expectation.
Depending on fish spp. a cessation of fishing (ie. a sanctuary zone) for a sessile, rapidly growing species (can YOU identify any) can be quite fast. A matter of one year. This has NOT been demonstrated in ANY NSW Marine Park.

Of course highly mobile pelagic spp. are impossible to show.

It really, really annoys me when someone who MUST be at the top of their game as a former economist for the World Bank can make such facile statements and expect to get away with the glaring errors.

As for Kiernan's foray into the commentary … perhaps one should ask Paris Hilton's opinion … about as relevant IMHO.

I'll finish with a claim … In ANY country with an excellent fisheries management system as Australia has, unless there is a localised area of fishing depletion, sanctuary zones will NOT, and never will, show a cost benefit in terms of fishery enhancement. Nor will it improve 'resilience'.

In general terms I find that nobody from the 'progressive' side of the discussion show an understanding of what Marine Parks are aimed to do in the AUSTRALIAN context.

I read some of Ms Hoisington's other articles and to be frank I am appalled that this sort of populist bilge is being published.

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