The NSW government’s Independent Scientific Audit of Marine Parks is a vital opportunity for securing a future for marine parks based on science, not politics. We need your help to make sure sound science guides the management of our marine parks now and in years to come. Make your submission online by 5pm Friday, 30 September.
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW and National Parks Association of NSW have compiled information relating to the Marine Parks Audit for you to refer to in making your own submissions.
Please note that the audit website clearly states that “campaign submissions repeating standard text will be treated as a single submission”, so if you copy these points word-for-word, your comments will not be counted as a separate submission.
We have listed relevant points under each of the terms of reference. We cannot email you all of the journal articles we have referred to as we would be in breach of access arrangements to do so.
However, we have tried to provide you with as much information from the article as possible so that you can use the quotes and reference information we have provided.
While the breadth of the terms of reference might initially appear overwhelming, if you use the information provided within each individual term of reference, you can create a well structured and scientifically valid argument with what we have provided here.
You also don’t have to respond to every term of reference – you can take on the ones you feel most familiar with and concentrate your efforts on making a really clear argument around those, which would still be a fantastic contribution to this process.
Where possible, we have provided page references for all referenced quotes and suggest you do the same to increase the validity of your referencing in your submissions. Remember that many claims are made about the effectiveness of marine parks, so you need to make the referencing in your submission as thorough as possible to support your argument.
If you are in doubt about how to reference, just follow the conventions we have used below (author date:page number) eg (Brown 2009:27) or (Brown 2009, p. 27) are both okay.
If you need any additional information, please contact our Marine Campaigner Paula Brown on 02 9516 1488 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org