Paddle protesters show resistance to opening sanctuaries
THERE was a good turn out of paddlers at Byron Bay this morning to help save local marine sanctuaries.
Organised by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) in conjunction with local ocean advocates, the event invited people to paddle their boards, skis, kayaks, or anything that floats into Cape Byron Marine Park with a message that they want local sanctuary zones restored.
Reason for the event
The event was in response to the NSW Government's plans to permanently open up two sanctuary areas in the Cape Byron Mare Park to fishing.
Public submissions into the proposal are open until 13 November.
"Less than 7% of the NSW coast is protected in marine sanctuaries, NCC's marine campaigner Justin Field.
"This event is an opportunity for North Coast ocean lovers and everyone with an interest in healthy oceans to show the government they want local marine sanctuary protections restored," Justin said.
The following beaches and headlands in the Cape Byron Marine Park are proposed to have sanctuary protections removed:
Cape Byron Marine Park:
- Tyagarah Beach
- East Cape Byron