Port Lincoln excluded from marine parks impact assessment

NOT INCLUDED: Geoff Brock said zones near Port Lincoln were not considered to have as significant an impact to licence holders as the zones further up the West Coast.
NOT INCLUDED: Geoff Brock said zones near Port Lincoln were not considered to have as significant an impact to licence holders as the zones further up the West Coast.

PORT Lincoln has been excluded from a list of three South Australian regions subject to marine parks regional impact assessment statements.

Ceduna, Port Wakefield and Kangaroo Island were chosen as the subjects for the statements to determine the social, community and economic impact of sanctuary zones in the areas.

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said the zones near Port Lincoln were not considered to have as significant impacts to licence holders as the zones further up the West Coast.

"It's worth noting that sanctuary zones near Port Lincoln were not part of the 12 zones specifically selected by the Liberals to be abolished in their Bill," he said.

"A number of studies were undertaken in the lead up to the establishment of the marine parks and the sanctuary zones.

"The regional impact assessments we are doing will look at what's actually happening now that the sanctuary zones have come into effect."

Abalone Industry Association of South Australia president Jonas Woolford said the sanctuary zones near Ceduna had a greater affect on industries than zones further south, but the businesses affected were located in Port Lincoln.

Mr Woolford said the statements should be looking at the social, community and economic impacts in Port Lincoln as it was where a greater density of licence holders live.

Mr Brock said greater concern was raised in the three areas subject to the statements in the consultation period but throughout this term of government, all 19 marine parks would be looked at.

"These were the areas where most concern has been expressed about potential effects from the sanctuary zones," Mr Brock said.

"In the longer term all 19 marine park management plans across the state, including those near Port Lincoln, will be subject to a review, which will start during this term of government."

The Port Lincoln City Council agreed to write to Mr Brock and Premier Jay Weatherill requesting an economic impact assessment for Port Lincoln.

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