Horizontal Falls – described as one of the wonders of the natural world – would be included in marine parks, but critics say plan should ban commercial fishing

The Western Australian government has released a proposal for two new marine parks which will protect a pristine stretch of Australia’s north-west coast. However, environmental groups say the decision to allow prawn trawling and fishing within the marine parks could affect their conservation value.

The draft management plan, released on Friday, includes long-awaited protection for Horizontal Falls, a tidal lagoon encircled by cliffs and described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world” for the rapids that form at the two narrow entries to the lagoon as the tide comes rushing in and out each day.

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Source: Guardian Environment