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Australia Seeks to Extend Commercial Fishing in Protected Waters

Jul 21, 2017In the media News

Australia plans to allow fishing across 80 percent of its protected maritime sanctuaries, the government said on Friday in a proposal that would vastly extend commercial activity in the world’s largest marine-reserves network.

If the plan, backed by the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, is approved by Parliament, it will be the first time a nation has scaled back its regulations in protected maritime areas. The move could set a precedent for other countries, including the United States, that are considering similar reversals.

More than one-third of Australia’s waters — home to endangered species of sharks, turtles and whales — are protected by law.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/world/australia/commercial-fishing-coral-sea-reserve.html

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