The Greens have called on the NSW Government not to give into pressure from the Shooters and Fishers Party and a vocal minority to backflip on plans for a Sydney Marine Park.
Recent polling shows up to 90 percent of people in coastal communities support stronger marine protections and the benefits they bring for nature and their community.
The plan for increased marine protections in Sydney and surrounds has been subject to public consultation in some form since 2014 and is based on a thorough assessment of how to protect the marine environment from the risks of climate change, pollution, and overfishing.
NSW Greens Marine Spokesperson Justin Field said, “A Sydney Marine Park can help ensure a healthy future for our marine life, communities and economy.
“Up to 90% of the NSW community, including recreational fishers, support marine parks and sanctuaries as an investment in a better marine environment for all. More than a decade of scientific assessment shows these protected areas are effective.
“Vested interests in the tackle industry, fishing TV personalities and the Shooters and Fishers Party are spreading misinformation to build opposition to the proposal for a Sydney Marine Park. It’s a narrow-minded, self-interested and opportunist move.
"We saw the NSW Government backflip on the greyhound racing ban. They should not give in to the narrow agenda of the Shooters and Fishers on new marine protections.
“The consultation period should be an opportunity for tweaking the design, if needed. Backflipping on the entire plan will set back the state’s entire marine protection framework.
“The community will overwhelmingly support a plan that protects our marine environment for future generations. They need the NSW Government to stand firm and deliver this lasting legacy of healthy oceans,” he said.