PUBLIC consultation on the future management of grey nurse sharks in NSW comes to a close today.
The three-month consultation period followed an announcement in late May by NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson to fulfil a promise made by the NSW Coalition Government to revoke closures at GNS sites brought in by the former Labor Government.
“The NSW Government is committed to delivering a solution that ensures the best outcome is achieved for both the grey nurse shark population in NSW and local communities,” Katrina Hodgkinson had said.
“As promised prior to the election, we want to ensure the public as well as the scientific community have a proper chance to be consulted before any final decision is made.”
The government is expected to use the outcomes of public submissions and a scientific audit to guide new management arrangements for GNS sites at Fish Rock and Green Island at South West Rocks on the NSW North Coast.
Copies of the discussion paper are available at: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au and local Fisheries and Marine Park offices. Submissions can be made online or by completing a submission form and mailing, emailing or faxing it to the address on the form.
The public consultation period closes on Friday August 26.