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Melissa Parke, the federal member for Fremantle, last week presented flyers in support of establishing marine sanctuaries in Commonwealth waters in the South-West marine area (between Kalbarri and Kangaroo Island in South Australia), to the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Tony Burke.
"I was overwhelmed with the response from Fremantle constituents to the flyer I distributed before Christmas," said Ms Parke. "But then our love of the sea is a deep part of the Australian culture and character, and there is real enthusiasm in this community for a comprehensive and forward-looking conservation plan."
"The Labor government's provision of a national approach to marine conservation delivers on an agreement that was made between the Commonwealth and the States in 1998, but went no further under the Howard government. This initiative will not only provide a much-needed improvement in protection for Australia's amazing marine ecosystem, but also improved transition assistance for those industries that are of marginal viability due to waning fish stocks." "I was very pleased to be able to present the Minister with several thousand marine sanctuary pledge slips and Save Our Marine Life campaign postcards in order to show the strength of feeling on this issue in the Fremantle electorate."
To learn more about the Marine Bioregional Planning Process visit the website.