Marine Parks: an insurance policy for our future.
Essentially a properly designed marine sanctuary network is like an insurance policy for the future. By committing to marine sanctuaries that are comprehensive, adequate and representative we are, in one step, protecting our marine assets in perpetuity. But like any insurance policy there is a premium to be paid. Taxpayers will contribute through funds to compensate those commercial fishers affected, and to some commercial fishers, it may mean relocation or compensation. Its important to remember, the SA government has capped the total economic impact on commercial fisheries to 5%.
Many people are concerned about possible negative social and economic impacts of marine sanctuaries. Individual responses vary, however much is based on the desire for continued access to recreational and/or commercial fishing at specific locations.
CCSA acknowledges the depth of concern.
However, the end result of a marine sanctuary network will be a healthy marine environment, with its full complement of native species, capable of generating renewable resources, and an asset to all South Australians, now and in the future.