Donna Grey, Lucy Throsby and Susie Dove with kids Summer-Rain, Delphi and Genaveve at this mornings paddle out. Today was Susie's birthday and she wanted to start the day campaigning to save local sanctuaries. Around 100 were there for the paddle organised by nature conservation council NSW. Photo Christian Morrow / The Northern Star
Donna Grey, Lucy Throsby and Susie Dove with kids Summer-Rain, Delphi and Genaveve at this mornings paddle out. Today was Susie's birthday and she wanted to start the day campaigning to save local sanctuaries. Around 100 were there for the paddle organised by nature conservation council NSW. Photo Christian Morrow / The Northern Star Christian Morrow

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.

More information

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


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