NSW government goes against the tide of support for the effectiveness of marine protected areas
Friday, 25 June 2010 20:43
The NSW government’s in principle support for a five-year moratorium on marine protected areas shows again how willing the government is to sell out the environment for
its own political gain, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
The government’s decision to support the Shooters’ Party’s push for an end to the vital protection of the unique aquatic environments and marine life off our coasts is firmly out of step with public opinion and the advice of scientists from around the world.
“Marine species and ecosystems are at risk of degradation by overfishing, pollution, climate change and many other human activities. Marine parks are the most effective way
of protecting our oceans and the marine life that call them home,” said chief executive officer Pepe Clarke.
“NSW will be left adrift by ignoring the conservation value of marine parks and sanctuary areas. Only last month, more than 245 scientists from 35 countries confirmed their support or the creation of large-scale ocean marine parks as the best way to help fish stocks recover and restore ecosystems.”
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NSW government goes against the tide of support.
Nature Conservation Council chief executive officer Pepe Clarke is available for interview.
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