Blue groper focus of marine sanctuary push

Fishos in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs have recently been alerted to a push by local residents for a marine sanctuary to be introduced from Bondi to Camp Cove, an area of coast about 7km long.

This push is based on a notion that groper populations have been decimated by spearfishers, while anglers are fishing for them in an unsustainable manner.

For the past 12 months researchers have been tracking the movements of tagged groper in the area to get a better understanding of their movements. The results of the “Bluey” tagging project in the Bronte-Coogee Aquatic Reserve will form the basis of an information and discussion night featuring researcher Kate Lee of Macquarie University, who in conjunction with DECCW, will talk about the lives of blue groper and their future.

Anglers concerned about the implications of the proposed marine sanctuary are urged to attend this discussion night put on by the Waverley Council this Thursday October 14 at 6.30pm at the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club.

If you’d like to attend RSVP to Erin Gibson at Waverly Council at or phone 9369 8207.

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