The NSW Government wants to use a new system for managing marine parks which would allow further cutbacks to marine sanctuaries, putting our incredible and irreplaceable marine life at risk.
Marine sanctuaries – the best tool for the protection of marine wildlife known to scientists and experts around the world – have been treated with disdain in NSW for years. For example, in 2019, Fisheries Minister Marshall and Environment Minister Kean authorised illegal fishing in marine sanctuaries in Batemans Marine Park. And in 2020, Minister Marshall publicly confirmed he intended to get rid of sanctuaries across the whole state.¹
Right now, we have a rare opportunity to change how they do things. The government has to ask for your feedback on their draft Network Management Plan for Mainland Marine Parks.
But there’s a catch. To make your submission, you have to go through a lengthy process of registration; and the government won’t commit to reporting the results of the feedback to the public. This makes it easy for them to ignore your feedback. We can’t let this happen.
You can add your name to this submission about the most dangerous parts of the Plan, which we’ll deliver on your behalf, and raise the alarm about why it needs to be urgently amended. By alerting your local representatives in Government, you can help keep this process transparent and ensure NSW restores the primary purpose of marine parks – to protect our incredible marine life.
Add your name to the submission and email your local representatives.
- Fishing World, (2020), VIDEO: NSW Minister for Agriculture says no more marine parks. 20 March 2020, https://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/video-nsw-minister-for-agriculture-says-no-more-marine-parks.