Sanctuary now!

Deb Kayes, Ocean Shores

Cape Byron, the place where locals and internationals stand in awe of nature’s majestic beauty.

The thrill is experienced by all at the sight of marine life – be that fish, rays, turtles, dolphins and whales. Then there are the birds, ospreys, brahminy kites, nankeen kestrels, peregrine falcons and gannets, all nesting and feeding here. Along with the swamp wallabies who frequent the bushland and precipices.

A sanctuary that astounds visitors with its rich abundance of life.

Why, then, would you put fishermen into the picture? Arriving at the lookouts swearing, climbing and eroding the cliff face to perch on the edge of the ‘masterpiece’, casting nylon lines and hooks into the faces of the beautiful creatures swimming past. Spear guns aimed as killing machines through the clear waters that seconds before left visitors in awe of their tranquil beauty.

Cape Byron is sacred and a sanctuary. The whole of the bay is special and is a sanctuary of nature.

There is absolutely no need to allow fishing and killing at the cape.

Make Cape Byron a marine sanctuary now!

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