WANTED: Your feedback on fishing in marine parks

ANGLERS are encouraged to take part in an online survey to ensure continued recreational fishing access in NSW marine sanctuaries.

The survey is part of a six-month assessment of recreational fishing access (including spear fishing) from ocean beaches and headlands in sanctuary zones, as part of new Marine Estate Management reforms announced earlier this year.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said this was a perfect opportunity to be part of that assessment to ensure vital social and economic information was captured.

“An assessment of ecological assets will be led by the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel to ensure threatened species and other important components of marine life are adequately protected,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“The balanced consideration of all of these values is crucial in the management of the Marine Estate in NSW.”

To complement the online survey, targeted interviews are also being conducted by scientists – including award-winning researcher Michelle Voyer – to gather additional information on social and economic values associated with beaches and headlands.

To provide feedback via the online survey or for more information visit www.marine.nsw.gov.au

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