The Draft Management Plan and the submission are incredibly important for the future of our sanctuaries. It has taken more than a month for Sea Shelter to navigate it. We have finally finished our submission. It is an exact replica of the survey filled out and we are asking for your help. Please make a submission by filling out the have your say survey HERE using our PDF as a guide OR simply attach the our PDF at the start of the survey in place of filling it out. We cannot stress enough how important this is. Please help us before it’s too late.
In 2021, the Department of Primary Industries started reviewing their approach to marine parks management and have put together a new plan which could potentially reduce Port Stephens sanctuary zones. It’s our aim to ensure that no less than 17.3% of Port Stephens marine environment is protected and we hope to count on your support
Why does Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park need protection?
- Around 17% of Earth’s terrestrial areas are protected, whilst only 7% of the marine environment is covered by protected areas.
- An estimated 50-80% of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet.
- NSW Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall recently met with AFTA president Michael Starkey and ruled out any new marine parks in NSW also publicly stating they plan to open Port Stephens up to recreational fishing! (view video here)
Benefits of Marine Protected Areas
MPAs provide a range of benefits for fisheries, local economies and the marine environment including:
- conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems;
- arresting and possibly reversing the global and local decline in fish populations and productivity
- by protecting critical breeding, nursery and feeding habits;
- raising the profile of an area for marine tourism and broadening local economic options;
- providing opportunities for education, training, heritage and culture; and
- providing broad benefits as sites for reference in long- term research.
Marine protected areas with core ‘no-take’ reserves can play an important role in arresting and possibly reversing the global and local decline in fish populations and productivity. There is a substantial weight of evidence in favour of the beneficial role of MPAs in a range of different types of fisheries, in different global localities, and within different fisheries management regimes. (Read More here)
Time is running out to have your say to support the preservation of Marine Parks in Port Stephens. The Draft Managament Plan proposed by the NSW Government is huge and overwhelming and reading it can be difficult. We’ve put together our own summary and documentation that you can upload to the survey to support your answers.