Public get a say on grey nurse shark protection

THE NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson today announced the commencement of public consultation on future management protection for grey nurse sharks.

Katrina Hodgkinson said the announcement follows the promise made by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to revoke closures brought in by the former Labor Government and put the issue back out to further public consultation for three months.

“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 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 NSW Government has also committed to a scientific audit of the effectiveness of marine park zoning and the existing grey nurse shark management arrangements.

“The outcomes from community consultation and the scientific audit will be used to guide the development of new management arrangements for Fish Rock and Green Island.

Ms Hodgkinson said copies of the discussion paper will be available on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website and from local Fisheries and Marine Park offices.

The public consultation period closes on Friday 26 August. Submissions can be made online or by completing a submission form and mailing, emailing or faxing it to the address on the form.

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