The NSW marine environment is home to rich marine life including majestic sea turtles, powerful whales, colourful reef fish, diverse kelp forests and abundant rocky reefs. A unique mixing of coastal currents off our coast means that about 80% of our marine plants and animals are found only in Australia.
But our incredible marine life is under threat. Overfishing, pollution, climate change, introduced marine pests, emerging diseases, inappropriate development and lack of adequate protection are putting our marine life at risk.
Marine parks are a well-proven way to protect our marine environment and the wildlife in our seas. Marine sanctuaries are special areas within marine parks which offer protection just like national parks on land. Here in NSW less than 7% of coastal waters are protected in marine sanctuaries.
In March 2013 the NSW announced they would be allowing line fishing from the shore in these precious marine sanctuaries undermining protection for our marine life.
Please join with us and sign a petition to Premier O'Farrell and key Ministers urging them to remove fishing from our marine sanctuaries and restore them as safe havens for our rich marine life. Sign the petition today.