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Solitary Islands Marine Park submissions needed

Dear Marine Park supporters,
The Management Plan(s) for the Solitary Islands Marine Park (SIMP) and the adjacent SIM Reserve (Commonwealth) is on review until the 01/06/08.
At present only 12% of the SIMP and 6.7% of the NSW Coastal waters is fully protected from fishing, a far cry from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recommended 20 – 30% by year 2012. The Federal Government is a full member of IUCN.
The Marine Campaigners from the Environmental Movement call for a minimum of 33% of the SIMP to be fully protected within a Sanctuary Zone.
Such a step will go a long way towards protecting the marine habitats and the bio-diversity of the local marine environment, but will also help in protecting wild fish stock for future generations.
Where ‘No-take” areas have been in place over a length of time the overall fishing has improved.
The position of some recreational and commercial fishers is that they have a ‘God Given Right’ to fish anywhere they wish. This attitude and practice has lead to a significant depletion of the marine resources and have brought many species to the brink of extinction. Both these groups have the ear of the NSW Government and we need many submissions to make an impact on the authorities.
We urge you to make the following points in a short submission:
We/I submit the following to the review of the SIMP Management Plan:
• A minimum of 33% of the SIMP to be protected within a Sanctuary Zone.
• The phasing out of trawling within 2 years of the declaration of the new plan.
• Increased protection of all shark species including the critically endangered grey nurse shark.
• Phase out 4wds from all beaches in the Marine Park (the latest research has shown substantial damage to the food source of birds and fishes from driving on the beach).
You can email your submission to: solitary.islands@mpa.nsw.gov.au
Submissions received to the 1st of June 2008
or post to: SIMP
Reply Paid 297
Coffs Harbour Jetty, NSW 2450
Remember to include your: Name, address, date and signature (if posted)
For further information see http://www.mpa.nsw.gov.au/simp.html
This position is endorsed by The Bellingen Environment Centre, NSW Nature Conservation Council, NSW National Park Association, The Australian Marine Conservation Society, The North Coast Environment Council and The Wilderness Society.

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