South Australia’s state opposition will reintroduce a marine park amendment bill in an effort to cut the number of sanctuary zones.
The bill will seek to remove 12 sanctuary zones where fishing is banned and instead replace them with habitat protection zones.
The Opposition said current restrictions were affecting some fishers who were losing profit.
The same bill was voted down last year after independent Geoff Brock sided with the Government.
Environment Minister Ian Hunter said research had shown fishers who had been adversely affected by the sanctuary zones were in the minority.
But Shadow Environment Minister Michelle Lensink said there was not enough data to make that conclusion.
“The impact on a certain number of regions and a certain number of fishers is quite severe, which we think is pretty unconscionable.
“There are some small businesses that are losing within the order of $50,000 up to $100,000, and for any small business that is a huge amount.”