The vast majority of the 7000 submissions made to the NSW Government’s review of marine sanctuaries support restoring full protections to these areas, an environmental group says.
The submissions were in response to the Baird government’s proposal to permanently revoke sanctuary protections at 10 beaches and headlands across four marine parks in NSW, including Cape Byron, Solitary Islands, Port Stephens-Great Lakes, and Batemans.
“The results of the submission process reflect polling that has consistently shown more than 90 per cent of the public, including recreational fishers, support marine sanctuaries,” Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.
“People clearly understand that marine sanctuaries are essential for protecting marine life and the coastal lifestyles that make NSW such a great place to live.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Primary Industries said the issues raised in submissions would be “carefully considered”.