The Greens in Palerang

Real change? It ain’t going to come from either the Coalition or the ALP.

(an edited version of this letter appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, Feb.22)

According to Duncan Gay, limits to fishing in Marine Parks is “voodoo environmentalism” and there is a lack of scientific rigour around many of the assessments (“Marine Parks up for review and promise of cash to cut fishing fleet”, Feb. 21).

The science is clear that restricted marine areas are essential to ensure fish stocks into the future. Our fish stocks are under enormous pressure, with some fish species in crisis. The science and the experience on the Great Barrier Reef demonstrates that ‘no-take’ areas covering representative ecosystems are essential to maintaining and rehabilitating fish stocks.

Buying licences from fishers by way of compensation is nothing new, and should be applauded. But with the evidence in about the success of Marine Parks in allowing fish stocks to build up (refer to NSW Fishing Monthly et al for glowing stories about the great fishing in the Batemans Marine Park for example) it is extremely worrying to think that a Coalition government in NSW would act to reverse the great gains that have been made in this and many other areas over time.

The people of NSW are faced with more of the same from both of the parties we hear most about, with neither showing themselves to be different on a large number of vital environmental and social justice issues.

Real change? It ain’t going to come from either the Coalition or the ALP.

Catherine Moore
2010 Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro

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