Lennox bait shop shuts its doors
By MARY MANN PUBLIC confusion about fishing restrictions in areas of the Cape Byron Marine Park has forced Lennox Head Bait and Tackle to close its doors, according to the owners.
The husband and wife team of Paul and Deirdre Woolford say their business has gone downhill since the park was zoned in May last year.
And after eight-and-a-half years in the business, they are sad to be letting go.
"We feel like we're letting the locals down, but people just aren't coming here on fishing holidays any more because they think they can't fish here," Mr Woolford said.
"We used to depend on people coming from places like the Gold Coast, but now they are just not coming.
"Even some locals have the impression Lennox Head is a sanctuary zone and you can't fish here."
Byron Bay Coastal Fishing Tackle also went out of business earlier this year.
But Lawrence Orel, from the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change, said the marine park was not designed to stop people from fishing.
"It is disappointing if people feel they can't fish in a marine park, because the parks have been set up to protect the very things people appreciate the area for, such as fishing," Mr Orel said.
He said if people were unsure about where to fish they should contact the Cape Byron Marine Park on 6620 9300, or go to www.mpa.nsw.gov.au.