CONSERVATION GROUPS WELCOME NSW GOVERNMENTS SINKING OF MARINE PARK BAN PROPOSAL
An alliance of 31 environment groups has welcomed the State government’s decision to withdraw support for the Shooter party’s proposal for a five‐year moratorium on new marine parks and sanctuaries in NSW.
The Government’s decision provides strong hope for the better protection of precious marine life and habitats through a world‐class network of marine protected areas off the state’s coast.
“The rejection of the Shooters party’s bill upholds the NSW government’s legacy on marine parks and could help chart a course for improving the long‐term sustainability and productivity of our coastal fisheries,” Nature Conservation Council of NSW CEO, Pepe Clarke, said today.
“Our marine life and ecosystems are under pressure from overfishing, pollution, climate change and many other human activities. A comprehensive network of marine parks and their sanctuary zones is the most effective way of protecting our oceans and the marine life that call them home, including rare and threatened species,” he said.
“Marine parks help conserve marine life, while allowing the community to continue enjoying their much‐loved beaches and harbours,” National Park Association of NSW Executive Director, Kevin Evans, said.
“We can now look forward to reengaging in constructive dialogue with industry, government and other stakeholders to secure the sustainable future of both our unique marine biodiversity and coastal communities,” he said.
“The NSW government’s refusal to limit marine parks builds on the growing global recognition of the value of marine protected areas. The decision provides a great opportunity for NSW to play its part in helping Australia honour its international commitment to create a marine protected area network to safeguard our magnificent ocean wildlife by 2012,” said Australian Marine Conservation Society Director, Darren Kindleysides, said.