Paddle out to help save marine sanctuaries

THERE will be a paddle out at Byron Bay tomorrow in an effort to save local marine sanctuaries.

Organised by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW in conjunction with local ocean advocates, the event invites people to paddle their boards, skis, kayaks, or anything that floats into Cape Byron Marine Park with a message that they want local sanctuary zones restored.

The event is in response to the NSW Government's plans to permanently open up two sanctuary areas in the Cape Byron Mare Park to fishing.

Public submissions into the proposal are open until November 13, NCC's Marine Campaigner Justin Field said.

"Marine sanctuaries are essential for protecting marine life and ensuring our healthy lifestyle for the future," Mr Field said.

"Less than 7% of the NSW coast is protected in marine sanctuaries.

This event is an opportunity for North Coast ocean lovers and everyone with an interest in healthy oceans to show the Government they want local marine sanctuary protections restored."

Paddle Out Ocean Rally to save Byron's marine sanctuaries: Byron main beach (In front of the Surf Life Saving Club), tomorrow 7.30am meet for 8am start.


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