The Australian Greens said today that new research on marine parks highlights deep flaws in the Federal Government's decision to dump management plans for marine protected areas.
"New research form the University of Tasmania shows that properly designed and managed marine parks are extremely effective. They boost fish stocks and restore biodiversity," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.
"By cancelling our marine park management plans in a secretive move late last year, the Abbott Government is actively undermining efforts to protect oceans and marine life.
"Ineffective or inadequate marine protection jeopardises the long term viability of fishing, recreation and tourism industries and the communities they support.
"Critically, research has found that parks need to be in place and well run for long periods of time to show the best outcomes. By scrapping management plans, the Abbott Government is ignoring the science and kowtowing to business groups and scare mongers.
"The authors the study suggest there is a greater than ever need to safeguard whole communities of marine species. This is vital as threats such as development, pollution and ocean warming continue to affect marine life around the country.
"Without management plans, our marine parks are nothing more than meaningless lines on a map.
"We need to follow the science and ensure effective marine protected areas are established and effectively managed. The management plans should be immediately reinstated," Senator Siewert concluded.