Marine park plan post­poned

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BER­RI­GAN Spor­ties An­gling Club pres­i­dent Steve Mal­colm has wel­comed a five year mora­to­rium on new marine parks or the ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing sanc­tu­ary zones.

The bill, from the Shoot­ers and Fish­ers Party, was first passed by the NSW Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil.

Last week it was spon­sored through NSW Par­lia­ment’s lower house by North­ern Table­lands MP, Richard Tor­bay.

There were ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing not so long ago that the former NSW La­bor Govern­ment would look to make the Murray River a marine park.

‘‘I think it’s fan­tas­tic that fi­nally there will be some proper sci­en­tific re­search into this is­sue of marine parks,’’ Mr Mal­colm said.

‘‘So far the green groups have been push­ing for an­glers to be locked out of water­ways with no cred­i­ble ev­i­dence to sup­port their claims of mis­use or en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems.

‘‘As an avid fish­er­man and na­ture lover, I fully sup­port pro­tect­ing marine en­vi­ron­ments and pro­mot­ing their growth, as long as the steps taken are backed by sci­en­tific ev­i­dence and good en­vi­ron­men­tal and po­lit­i­cal pol­icy.

‘‘Lo­cal an­gling clubs have been con­cerned for some time that our rivers and lakes would be turned into aquatic re­serves sim­i­lar to the state forests be­ing changed to national parks.’’

‘‘It’s good to see the Shoot­ers and Fish­ers Party strik­ing a blow for the av­er­age per­son.’’

Shoot­ers and Fish­ers Party MLC Robert Brown said he was con­fi­dent the new govern­ment would pro­vide the nec­es­sary fund­ing for a proper sci­en­tific anal­y­sis of marine parks and the ef­fi­cacy of sanc­tu­ary zones.

‘‘This sci­ence should have been done much ear­lier, be­fore com­pli­ant La­bor gov­ern­ments bowed to The Greens and made the dec­la­ra­tions for purely po­lit­i­cal pur­poses.

‘‘It’s time The Greens were ex­posed for what they are.

‘‘They want to lock up land as well as water, with­out any re­gard for proper sci­en­tific man­age­ment of ei­ther.’’

Mr Brown said that prop­erly im­ple­mented, trial fish­ing in sanc­tu­ary zones would cause no harm.

‘‘Recre­ational fish­ers have been locked out of the best fish­ing spots at the be­hest of the Greens.

‘‘The Greens no longer hold sway over the govern­ment, and I hope that with the pas­sage of our Bill, I ex­pect the Shoot­ers and Fish­ers Party will be able to clear the way for fish­er­men to re­turn to the places the Greens took from them,’’ Mr Brown said.

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