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Batemans Marine Park rules relaxed to allow for more rec fishing

Ian Campbell13 December 2019
Member for Bega, Andrew Constance and Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall with recreational fishers. Photo: Supplied.

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance and Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall with recreational fishers. Photo: Supplied.

New fishing areas are being opened up within the protected waters of the Batemans Marine Park ahead of the school holidays as part of a plan the NSW Government says will give recreational fishers more options to drop a line and snag a fish.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall was in the Narooma yesterday to announce the five new fishing zones.

“Fishing is one of this State’s iconic pastimes and as Minister I’m keen to support our recreational fishing industry, which generates $3.4 billion in economic output each year,” Mr Marshall says.

“These newly created zones within the Batemans Marine Park will allow families to access more fishing areas ahead of summer school holidays.”

The five sites identified for increased access are – Brou Lake (South), Clarks Bay (Freshwater Bay), Forsters Bay, Montague Island (East and South) and Nangudga Lake.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance says the announcement delivers on a commitment earlier this year to boost fishing access in the Marine Park.

“The Greens and Labor locked up 85 per cent of the region’s best fishing grounds with the stroke of a pen, which was an absolute body blow to our community’s recreational fishers,” Mr Constance says.

“Tragically a lot of these areas weren’t locked up for any sound ecological reason, meaning recreational fishers missed out simply because of senseless politics.

“The sites we have identified are low hanging fruit and areas where it makes sense to wind back restrictions on recreational fishing activities.

“Today’s announcement will provide immediate access to these areas before school holidays start and we see tourists and families heading out for some quality fishing.”

The changes include:

Brou Lake South
• Catch and release recreational fishing will now be permitted.

Montague Island South and East
• Recreational fishing activities will now be allowed (including line, spear, trap & net, hand haul prawn net).
• Fishing will be restricted to protect grey nurse sharks between 1 November and 30 April each year

Clarks Bay – Freshwater Bay and Forsters Bay
• Recreational fishing activities will now be allowed (including line, spear, trap & net, hand haul prawn net).

Nangudga Lake
• Recreational line fishing and prawning using a hand held scoop net will now be permitted.

Mr Constance has also flagged further changes with a broader review of the Batemans Marine Park currently ongoing, “that will provide Government with key information about management of the Park going forward.”

“I want to see a Marine Park that balances recreational, tourism and conservation values,” he says.

Batemans Marine Park extends from the most northerly point of Murramarang Beach near Bawley Point to the southern side of Wallaga Lake entrance at Murunna Point. For more check the DPI website.

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6 Responses to Batemans Marine Park rules relaxed to allow for more rec fishing

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A Heycox A Heycox 8:32 pm 12 Feb 20

Mr Andrew Constance dont stop there, review Durras Lake as well, Way overdue.

Sickup and Fed Sickup and Fed 12:53 pm 14 Dec 19

Great to see – there is hardly anywhere else in Australia you can fish.

I think we should drain the ocean so the fisho’s can go in and kill the last remaining ocean life. It would be a great boost the local economy.

Bob Baldwin - Chair AFTA Bob Baldwin - Chair AFTA 8:09 am 14 Dec 19

Media Statement
13 December 2019
The Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) welcomes the announcement by the NSW Government on increased recreational fishing access in the Batemans Marine Park.
AFTA has long campaigned hard for improved recreational fishing access after the flawed plan was initially introduced in 2006 by the then Labor Government.
The increased access to Brou Lake (South), Clarks Bay (Freshwater Bay), Forsters Bay, Montague Island (East and South) and Nangudga Lake will be a boon for both Recfishers and the local tourism trade which has suffered at the hands of a plan that the Labor Government introduced designed to shut down recreational fishing.
Every area needs a local champion and AFTA recognises that Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has fought a long and hard battle in delivering on his commitment. Andrew’s support of the Recfishing industry has never wavered.
Minister Adam Marshal also needs to be congratulated for listing to common sense rather than the green ideological warriors who believe in shutting down everything without any concern for the locals that their plans affect.
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Carrie davis Carrie davis 8:08 am 14 Dec 19

There are other ways to enjoy the animals we share the planet with. Everybody is aware that we have destroyed most habitats. We should at the least be proud and respect sanctuaries we have created not decide to ‘let the fun begin’ and start killing what we can in them. Locals know the subtleties of creatures and areas that tourists not living in or near the environment don’t know. I’ve seen tourist fish till their freezers are so full with no understanding of the species or areas they are in. Why do we condon this behaviour?

Chappy Chappy 4:39 pm 13 Dec 19

Wish I also herd these when it comes to commercial but I’m probably dreaming

Chris Drinan Chris Drinan 1:39 pm 13 Dec 19

Good to see, hopefully more areas will open up and common sense will prevail, instead of the lunatics getting their way

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