Outrageous Loss of Marine Protection

Marine parks and sanctuary zones increase fish and crustacean densities and sizes, as well as fishing catches in nearby waters.

While the World Conservation Union target for sanctuary protection is 20 to 30 per cent of waters, less than seven per cent of NSW waters are protected.

Before setting up its promised independent scientific review of marine parks, the State Government used its Lower House majority to withdraw modest improvements to protective zonings in the Solitary Islands and Jervis Bay, which were introduced after extensive consultation and assessment.

Marine biodiversity is under serious threat, risking our food supply and fishing industry. 85 per cent of NSW residents support marine parks, and I told Parliament we should not remove protections that have proven benefits for marine biodiversity.

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