Home' Ausmarine : March 2010 Contents The agenda of US-based environmental
group Pew Charitable Trust to turn
972,000 square kilometres of the Coral
Sea into a "no-take zone" is alive and
well, according to Australian Nationals
Senator Ron Boswell.
"The twisted analysis by Pew of the
cost of policing a 'no-take zone' versus a
30 percent zone only proves that their
plan for the destruction of fishing is still
"Pew has consistently stated that they
would like to see the Coral Sea turned into
a no-take zone and the research they have
released attempts to move the debate in
that direction," Senator Boswell said.
"This continual interference by Pew in
pushing their extremist agenda is
undermining the confidence of stakeholders
in the Bioregional planning process put in
place by the Howard Government to profile
the entire Eastern Bio-region.
"The price of policing a no-take zone in
the Coral Sea is nothing compared with the
cost to the community from the loss of the
fishing industry to the Coral Sea region.
"In November last year the Coral Sea
Conservation Zone was finally declared
after a motion to disallow it was defeated.
"During that debate I revealed that Pew
Charitable Trust and the Australian
Conservation Foundation were the only two
groups consulted prior to the declaration of
the Coral Sea Conservation Zone.
"Minister Garrett has been beholden to
Pew Charitable Trust on the Coral Sea
issue. It is hoped that this most recent set
of figures does not compel the Minister to
implement Pew's 'no take' agenda.
"Minister Garrett in his media
release dated May 19, 2009 stated that
'Acknowledging the concerns of
stakeholders, the Conservation Zone I am
announcing...will not impact on existing
commercial, recreational or traditional
indigenous fishing, or cruise and
merchant shipping in the area.'
"It will be interesting to see how the
Minister reacts to this latest research from
Pew so that we will see whether he is
taking his riding instructions from the
extremist green movement on this issue."
"The fishing communities affected by
the Coral Sea Conservation Zone should
rightly be suspicious of Pew's figures that
hide a more sinister agenda."
"The Coral Sea is a very low-volume,
high-value fishery with ten million dollars
of fish taken in 2006. The area is in pristine
condition and has been for 200 years."
"A no-take zone will not only hurt
recreational and commercial fishing, but
also the charter boat industry that relies
heavily on the Coral Sea region."
"This latest development shows that
you cannot give a group like Pew an inch
without them trying to take a yard,"
Senator Boswell said.
Pew's Coral Sea "no-take" agenda is alive and well
Nationals Senator Ron Boswell
Six high-speed aluminium patrol craft
for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast
Guard (TTCG) have been delivered.
Capable of speeds greater than 40
knots and armed with general-purpose
machine guns and a 20mm cannon, the
30-metre vessels, designed and built by
Australian shipbuilder Austal, will expand
the TTCG's surveillance and enforcement
capability in the region.
The on-schedule, on-budget delivery of
the fleet was achieved less than two years
from the initial order, with the final
vessels arriving in Trinidad and Tobago
via heavy lift ship on January 18.
Director of Trinidad's Defence
Transformation and Integration Secretariat,
CDRE Garnet Best, said the vessels would
be used to create a security blanket around
the waters of Trinidad and Tobago.
High-speed Caribbean patrol boats delivered
The three new Austal-built high-speed patrol boats
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