SHOCK SURVEY

By RACHEL SCOLLAY

THE public strongly favours the existing Cape Byron Marine Park with sanctuary zones banning recreational fishing, a survey has found.

An independent Southern Cross University study which interviewed 200 marine park users found 93 per cent supported the park to some extent, while 84 per cent supported the establishment of sanctuary zones, without speci- fying the size. University researcher, Dr Claudia Catterall, said the level of support was 'surprisingly high' given the controversy which had surrounded the issue.

"It may be that the controversy has been mainly generated from a vocal minority of fishers," she said. "You only need a few people jumping up and down to obscure the general attitude of the community at large."



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