We say NO to the proposed revoking of sanctuary zones in the Batemans Marine Park

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The Nature Coast Marine Group and many local townsfolk have been dismayed by the announcement by Minister Marshall in Dec 2019 that the full protection of fish life in five of the Sanctuary zones in our Batemans Marine Park will henceforth be revoked. With some form of recreational fishing now allowed around all of Montague Island, Brou Lake, Nangudga Lake and in both Clarks Bay-Freshwater Bay and Forsters Bay in Wagonga Inlet.  This decision was been made without the required 2-month public consultation period, with no advice from the Batemans Marine Park Advisory Committee or any other public consultation apart from private discussions with local recreational fishers. This means the previous 19% of the Batemans Marine Park environment that was fully protected has been reduced under an 'amnesty' impacting fish populations, endangered grey nurse sharks at Montague Island and endangered black cod in Wagonga Inlet. This will also increase the encroaching urchin barrens on Montague Island and deplete the fish nurseries in the estuaries that were protected to boost fish populations in other areas. As they try to turn their amnest into law please  stand with us to say NO! #savebatemanssanctuaries