By SeafoodSource staff
Published on Thursday, March 01, 2012
A leading marine scientist visiting Australia says anti-fishing groups are misleading Australians about the state of the country’s fisheries with their “doom and gloom” campaigns.
Dr. Ray Hilborn — who is Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington — said the “relentless” anti-fishing campaign by various NGOs had led to government imposed restrictions on fishing that had resulted in making Australians more reliant on imported seafood from overseas markets that may not have such stringent regulations on fisheries management.
Dr. Hilborn, a vocal opponent of the “barrage of anti-fishing rhetoric,” is in Australia as a guest of the Sydney Fish Market and has been meeting senior federal politicians to put his case on the issue of marine national parks specifically the Government's proposal for a one million square kilometer marine park in the Coral Sea.
He has used the visit to release a paper titled “Australian seafood consumers misled by prophets of doom and gloom.”