Have your say on future of sanctuary zones in marine parks

IT'S time to have your say on plans to remove sanctuary protections along 10 beaches and headlands in four NSW marine parks, including two sites in Cape Byron Marine Park.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair and Environment Minister Mark Speakman are calling for feedback before November 13.

Mr Speakman said the proposed changes were to rezone 10 sanctuary zone sites into habitat protection sites, allowing lawful shore-based recreational line fishing.

"However, in each marine park in which such fishing will be allowed at some sites, there are other multiple sites at which fishing is permanently prohibited," he said.

But Greens Marine Environment and Fisheries spokesperson and Ballina MP, Tamara Smith, said marine sanctuaries needed to be strengthened, not weakened.

"Marine sanctuaries are vital to strengthening marine biodiversity, supporting local economies ... and ensuring we have fish for the future," she said.

Send submissions to contact.us@marine.nsw.gov.au or via the website at http://www.marine.nsw.gov.au.


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