|Northern Australian Government defends marine park plan|
|Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:00|
Australia's Northern Territory Fisheries Minister has defended plans for a marine park in the Gulf of Carpenteria.
After the plan was announced, there was a backlash from local fishermen
With one third of the Territory's mud crab licenses operating in the proposed Limmen Bight Marine Park, the NT Seafood Council expressed frustration it wasn't consulted over the plans.
Fisheries Minister Kon Vatskalis says the planning process for the park has been fair.
"I'm really disappointed Seafood Council and others put the cart before the horse," he says.
"We announced we proposed to create a National Park."
"I met with the Seafood Council, I said you've got 60 days to write a good submission, raise your issues, and the cabinet then will consider it before the announcement of the park is finalised."
"Lack of consultation is absolute rubbish."
Source: ABC Rural
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