Minister Burke says marine park plans would give certainty to operators working in areas such as the Coral Sea.
Minister Burke says marine park plans would give certainty to operators working in areas such as the Coral Sea. Contributed

Govt works on finalising plans for marine park management

PLANS for the management of the national marine park network were tabled in parliament on Tuesday, after more than 65,000 submissions were sent to the federal government on the park plans.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said the new management plans outlined specific environmental issues in all marine park areas except the south-east network.

He said the final plans would give certainty to all operators working in marine park areas such as the Coral Sea, the biggest park in the network.

While the plans were introduced in parliament on Tuesday, Mr Burke said compensation for the impost of the marine parks on fishing companies would not start to flow until the new laws were passed.