Moratorium denies NSW marine protection.

24 Jun 2011 0 Share

Environmental News
June 24, 2011

The Shooters and Fishers' Party Marine Parks Amendment (Moratorium) Bill was passed in the New South Wales Legislative Council (the upper house in the NSW Parliament) with the support of the Coalition government on 23 June.

If passed by the lower house - the Legislative Assembly - the moratorium on new marine parks would last for the next 5 years or until the Ministers for Fisheries and Environment decide to lift the moratorium.

The Shooters and Fishers' Party Marine Parks Amendment (Moratorium) Bill was passed in the New South Wales Legislative Council (the upper house in the NSW Parliament) with the support of the Coalition government on 23 June.

Tooni Mahto, spokesperson for the Australian Marine Conservation Society said, "The NSW government seems to be mounting a full attack on the future of the State's marine wildlife. By supporting the Shooters and Fishers' Party Bill to put a moratorium on marine parks in NSW waters for the next five years, the government is clearly putting politics ahead of protecting the ocean. This move comes on top of earlier rollbacks of protection at the Solitary Island, Jervis Bay and Fish Rock and Green Island. The NSW government has ordered a scientific review of marine parks, but hasn't waited to hear the findings of its own review before making this leap in policy."

When asked for comment Premier Barry O’Farrell’s representative’s did not return any reply.

If passed by the lower house - the Legislative Assembly - the moratorium on new marine parks would last for the next 5 years or until the Ministers for Fisheries and Environment decide to lift the moratorium.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society urges the public to contact the NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell via office@premier.nsw.gov.au and ask that he explain:

  1. Why the government has supported this Bill and a moratorium on marine parks?
  2. Why the government is undermining the protection of grey nurse sharks and existing state marine parks?
  3. Why the government is taking these actions before their own review of marine parks has been completed?


For more background on New South Wales marine parks see here... 
For more information on this moratorium see here.

Is this a move to deny the protection for the oceans for political motive? What do you reckon about this moratorium?

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