Report rules out compensation

A report to the Federal Government in 2009, by MAXImus Solutions, recommended it restrict compensation for affected fishermen only to those few holding statutory fishing rights.

Big areas off Queensland, including a 13,000 square kilometre area off Fraser Island, and almost one million square metres of the Coral Sea, have been identified as prime candidates for Marine Protected Areas.

The report recommended against compensation or structural adjustment payments for fishing-related onshore businesses and communities.

It recommended against compensation for tourism-based charter operations, boat crews and the shipping industry.

The many businesses related to recreation fishing will also be ignored.

Areas in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia would be affected.

The bill for “restructure packages” from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park rezoning in 2004 stands at more than $220 million.



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