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Hi All, I dont know if this subject has come up yet but the time left for comments on the Batemans Marine Park propossal is running out fast. If you have not filled out a submission form please do so soon. Here is the link to the online form. http://www.mpa.nsw.gov.au/bmp/submission.html In the current proposal kayak fishers are to suffer the most with 80% of the close in reefs closed to recreational fishing and most of the upstream sheltered areas in estuaries closed off also. This plan, if it goes ahead unchanged will take away 90% of my current kayak fishing. These Marine parks are tools of the extreme greens to stop recreatonal fishing and are not based on science. Please have a say even if you do not fish the area as these parks are planned for the whole Australian coast line and will effect you, it will only be a matter of time. Also please have a look at http://www.ecofishers.com set up to fight these green groups. Happy fishing. All the best Dave Longin. [/url]
 

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Unfortunately, due to the change in ownership of this web site and the lack of response by the owners to my requests to remove my email address from all administrative-level notifications and functionality, I have decided to remove my posts on AKFF. Thank you for the great times, the fantastic learning experiences and the many many fish. If you are desperate for the old content of this particular post, it is available below base64 encoded and bzip2 compressed.

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Hi Red, Thanks for the welcome. The MPA had a meeting in Canberra last week about the Batemans Marine Park and admitted they had no specific science to the areas they want to close off to rec fishing. They even admitted most of the estuary santuary zones were in excellant to pristine condition. I am all for a Marine Park but not for being banned from areas for no justifiable reason. All the best Dave Longin.
 

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redphoenix said:
I've read the biological assessment that the draft zoning plan claims to use as a basis for their zoning decisions, and whilst I reckon the resultant zones can certainly do with a bit of tweaking, the original document is certainly full of hard science, and a lot of good research.
Red, the habitat assessments are just that. A catalogue of what are the habitats and some indication of their state. There is absolutely no science applied to the zoning. It is 100% politics. Marine Parks, by legislation, have no role in fisheries management, only habitat protection. If that were truly the case there would be no sanctuary zones as recreational fishing, as regulated by the DPI, doesn't destroy habitat.

You can certainly argue for anchoring restrictions over certain habitats and boating restrictions over shallow weedbeds, but fishing itself isn't to blame here. I hope acid sulphates know to stay out of sanctuary zones. Have a look at http://www.ecofishers.com
 
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