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WWF buys fishing licence to create a Tasmania-sized ‘net-free zone’ in Great Barrier Reef

By Joe Hinchliffe

14 Mar 2022 · 3 min read

Conservationists have bought the last commercial-fishing licence of its type in the northern Great Barrier Reef, creating a “net-free zone” larger than Tasmania to protect dugongs, dolphins and turtles.

WWF-Australia announced on Monday it had taken over and would retire Tony Riesenweber’s commercial “gill net” licence – which held the “last sizeable quota” for the northern reef – effectively creating a 100,000 sq km refuge stretching from Cape Flattery through to the Torres Strait.

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