Time to come out to Australia, then?
We, in Qld had pretty much the same until the Fed Gov. decided to stick 'No fishing' zones along the Great Barrier Reef. The Fed Gov. bumped up their '5%' 'no fishing' to 25%.
Lots of lobbying went on and now we are starting to reap a few benefits. What really helps, is that the GBR is a vast playground and the tourist dollar is more important than a few votes from the commercial trawler skippers*. That and the fact that alot of well heeled retirees are coming to live in these 3 regions.
* I remember 18 years ago, when we first moved to the Mackay area, we could see up to 14 trawlers 'ploughing the sea' in front of our bay almost every day. Now, we see perhaps 2 trawlers a month