Julian Rocks, centre of a major sanctuary zone in the Cape Byron Marine Park.
Julian Rocks, centre of a major sanctuary zone in the Cape Byron Marine Park.

Mayor raises fishing concerns

BYRON Shire Mayor Simon Richardson will use the next council meeting to urge his fellow councillors to protest against recreational fishing in sanctuary zones in the Cape Byron Marine Park.

In a mayoral minute, Cr Richardson asked the council to write to the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, Byron MP Don Page, and Fisheries and Environment and Heritage ministers to express concern over the review of the NSW marine parks.

The letter to the MPs would ask them to recognise the benefits the Cape Byron Marine Park and sanctuaries provided the economy in the Byron Shire.In his notes, the mayor said 222 marine scientists stated the NSW marine parks network would be undermined by moves to allow recreational fishing in sanctuary zones.

The mayor wrote that a deal with the Shooters and Fishers Party appeared to be the motivation behind the review.

"Some may consider this mayoral minute a political act against a political party for political purposes; however it is a community-based call for scientific-based decisions to support environmental-based outcomes."



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