15 June 2018

Berejiklian government halves the length of NSW coast with top-level environmental protection

The NSW Government has confirmed it permanently scrap top-level environmental protections to 10 of the state’s best marine habitats near Bateman’s Bay, Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour, and Byron Bay. [1]

“The government has just halved the length of coastline with the highest level of environmental protection from 87km to just 43km,” Nature Conservation Council Campaigns Director Daisy Barham said.

“This decision is a blow for marine conservation and for coastal communities whose economies rely on marine parks and the presence of a healthy marine environment."

The Coalition Government reduced protection by allowing line fishing from beaches and headlands in 30 marine sanctuaries along the NSW Coast in 2013 pending a review.

The ban was restored to 20 sanctuaries in 2014 while the status of the other 10 was the subject of a review that resulted last Friday in a decision to permanently reduce protections.

“Marine sanctuaries are essential for protecting marine life and the coastal lifestyles that make NSW such a great place to live.  Many people who live in these regions will not thank the government for this decision,” Ms Barham said.

“Unfortunately, it appears Premier Berejiklian has again ignored scientific advice on an important conservation issue and made a decision for short-term political gain.”

SANCTUARY ZONES WITH DOWNGRADED PROTECTION

Cape Byron Marine Park

  • Tyagarah Beach
  • East Cape Byron

Solitary Islands Marine Park (Coffs Harbour)

  • Minnie Water Back Beach
  • Bare Bluff to Diggers Point and Moonee Beach

Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park

  • Celito South
  • Fiona Beach

Bateman’s Marine Park

  • North Head
  • Congo Point South Beach and Mullimburra Point to Bingie Beach
  • Brou Beach
  • Bullengella Beach and Bogola Head Beach to Loader Beach

REFERENCE

[1] www.marine.nsw.gov.au/knowledge-centre/media-releases/rezoning-to-allow-recreational-fishing-finalised

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