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Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
22 February 2002
Environment Minister Dr David Kemp today said that he had determined the boundaries of the area to be closed to trawling at Mission Beach.
The ban follows repeated incidents of large scale fish kills as a result of trawlers operating close inshore.
The closure covers some 400 square kilometres and almost doubles the area previously closed to trawling - adding 254 square kilometres to existing closures.
The closure will enable continuation of trawling in sections of Rockingham Bay, consistent with the effective protection of Mission Beach.
The Minister said he had not seen convincing evidence that Rockingham Bay was a source of the problem at Mission Beach.
"It is important that this closure be effective and its impact will be closely monitored. If further extensions are needed to avoid the problem of fish kills impacting on local communities, then extensions will be made.
"I have been pleased to note the support from representatives of the trawling industry for an effective closure to protect Mission Beach, and for responsible trawling practices," Dr Kemp said.
"Local communities, recreational fishers, the tourist industry and environmental interests have given strong support to an effective closure."
For further information contact:
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
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