Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has requested that a scallop trawl zone, earmarked for inclusion in a revised Bremer Commonwealth Marine Reserve, be removed from the final management plans.
Mr Wilson said despite the Bioregional Advisory Panel and an Expert Scientific report advising in September 2016 that trawling would have minimal long-term impact on the environment, it was clearly not in the best interests of the community.
“I’ve consulted extensively with the Bremer Bay and wider O’Connor community and they’ve made it clear that they don’t want to see scallop trawling in the marine reserve,” he said.
“Furthermore, I’m not aware of any commercial fishing operators based in O’Connor who actually trawl in the area, so removing this zone is unlikely to have any negative impact on the local economy.
“I’d like to see that zone removed from the final plans for the Bremer CMR – we’ve had a really good result with the recommendations for expanding the Marine National Park Zone, but I think we can go one step further by excluding scallop trawling.
“I’ve been meeting with the Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg over the last few months to discuss this issue to push the case for removing this zone.
“The Minister is very receptive to the community’s concerns and I look forward to the imminent release of the final management plans.”
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