The NSW government’s response to the Audit of Marine Parks, released today, is a clear example of its “politics before evidence” approach to environmental issues, says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).
The government has declared an immediate amnesty on fishing from beaches and headlands in marine sanctuary zones, whilst a newly formed Expert Knowledge Panel undertakes a six month assessment of recreational fishing access to these areas.
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Scientists delivered a comprehensive “No!” when answering the question “Is recreational hunting defensible?” in a recent talk at the University of Technology Sydney.
The 2013 UTS ‘Science in Focus’ lecture series began with an examination of the validity of recreational hunting as a conservation tool to control introduced species in NSW, by Emeritus Professor Marc Bekoff and Dr Daniel Ramp.
“One of the big questions this lecture addressed is"Does the reported conservation gain outweigh the animal welfare cost?" said Dr Daniel Ramp, Senior Lecturer, School of the Environment, UTS Sydney.
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