The NSW Nature Conservation Council (NCC) has welcomed the appointment of Penny Sharpe as the shadow minister for the planning, the environment and heritage in its ALP front bench line-up.
A 'Save Our Sanctuaries’ action was held last Saturday morning at the Peace Pole, Main Beach in Byron Bay in a last-ditch effort to preserve fish breeding grounds around Julian Rocks.
Greens NSW MP and marine environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has called on the premier Mike Baird to immediately revoke the amnesty on fishing in marine park sanctuary zones, saying that every day a decision is delayed further undermines... Read More →
Byron Shire Council will ask the state government to recognise the ‘enormous benefits’ that the Cape Byron Marine Park and sanctuaries provide to local economies and businesses in the shire.
Graeme Williams, Mullumbimby. Many in the Byron Shire community will be alarmed to know that the sanctuary zones within Cape Byron Marine Park are under imminent threat from the NSW government.
The killing of a large estuary cod earlier this year in Shaws Bay has prompted Ballina resident Jan Brady to call for the bay made into a fishing free zone.
A health and wellbeing check-up of World Heritage-listed reef ecosystems in the Pilbara region of Western Australia will provide a critical baseline of marine conditions.
Byron Bay joined communities along the Australian coast to send a message to the state government opposing plans to expose marine parks to recreational fishing on Saturday.
United Nations [AP] The president of Palau has declared that his Pacific island nation will ban commercial fishing and become a marine sanctuary. President Tommy Remengesau Jr said in a keynote address to a UN meeting on ‘Healthy Oceans and... Read More →
Hobart [AAP] Most marine reserves are failing to protect fish any better than nearby areas, a landmark University of Tasmania-led study has found. Researchers undertaking the largest study yet into the effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs) say nearly 60... Read More →
Australian Seabird Rescue (ASR) has hit back at claims that recreational fishing in marine parks has ‘little impact’ on marine life, calling it an ‘insult’ to its founder.
Hundreds of marine scientists are urging the NSW government not to take a 'backwards step' by allowing fishing in once-protected marine parks.
Prominent north-coast ecologist Dailan Pugh has criticised local state MP Don Page for not being willing to ‘heed the science’ and stand up for local marine parks.
Recreational anglers may soon be fishing around the edges of Cape Byron again if the state government revokes marine sanctuaries, as predicted by the Nature Conservation Council.
Chris Dobney There has been a chorus of opposition to the state government’s decision, announced yesterday, to open up the state’s marine parks for beach based recreational angling. The move is part of a package of responses to the government’s... Read More →