Illegal net found in marine park

NSW Marine Parks Authority rangers have recently discovered an illegal mesh net within a Habitat Protection Zone in the Batemans Marine Park. The rangers found the net while conducting a routine patrol in the Clyde River, two kilometres upstream from Nelligen.

Acting Batemans Marine Park Manager, Julie Cooney, said that netting had been prohibited in the Clyde since the Batemans Marine Park Zoning Plan was adopted in 2007.

“All of the tidal waters of the Clyde River have been declared Habitat Protection where netting is banned,” Ms Cooney said.

“If you are caught netting in the Clyde you are liable to be fined up to $22,000.”

Anyone with information about illegal netting in the Clyde River is urged to contact
(02) 4476 0800. All information received will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

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