The Fishing Party
11 Watts Close
Singleton NSW 2330
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Media Release 18.08.05
NPA are misleading the public with their Marine Park rhetoric.
The National Parks Association is defending Marine Parks by untruths; they are the ones giving
the public misleading information not the “Extreme anti-environmentalists” as their spin declares.
To say that “The proposed Marine Park will not exclude people by creating ‘no-go’ zones or
‘lock-out ‘areas is blatant lies and deliberately misleading. NPA do not have any factual scientific
information to back any of their statements but rather encourage and confuse their emotional
propaganda as the whole basis of their anti-fishing agenda. One just needs to glance at their website
to see through their charade.
Communities should be worried by their lies, businesses should be worried, and anglers certainly
need to rise up and protect their amenity and their right to fish for food. What right does the anti-
fishing lobby have to deny this to anyone when no bio-diversity or specie in NSW is under threat?
Combining Marine Parks with National Parks should also cause alarm for non access to all
recreational users, not just anglers and the fishing community Even oyster farmers should be wary
of what the end circumstances could bring in years to come from the NPA campaigns
Extracts of NPA policy statements from their website prove they are misleading
the public with media untruths.
2.2 “Sanctuaries should be "No Take" marine areas”.
2.4 “Sanctuaries should protect at least 20% of the total area of each marine
habitat in both Commonwealth and State territorial seas, as a first step
towards establishing a fully comprehensive, adequate and representative
system of marine sanctuaries. It follows that the total area covered by the
sanctuaries should be at least 20% of each territorial sea as a first step.
2.5 “Sanctuaries may be zones within marine parks and should occupy a major
part of a marine park.”
3.2.1 “Waters adjacent to terrestrial national parks, nature reserves,
and state recreation areas (or their equivalents), including the
intertidal zone (ITZ), managed by relevant authorities including the NSW
National Parks and Wildlife Service, should be considered as prime areas
for declaration as sanctuaries.
5.2.4 “Oyster leases existing within a sanctuary or aquatic reserve at
the date of declaration can be allowed to remain temporarily, but should
be phased out”
Expert opinion such as the CSIRO and even the strongest proponent WJ
Ballantine now question the use of Marine Parks as a fisheries enhancement tool.
The anti-fishing lobbyists cite the NZ Leigh Marine reserve as a basis for their
statements. The Leigh Marine Laboratory confirmed, “Without empirical
substantiation predictions of fishery enhancement are deductions based on
circumstantial evidence and ancillary information”.
The natural forces of our world destroy and destruct more bio-diversity in one
wild cyclonic battering than all the anglers and users put together would ever
do, Think about it and expose these NPA extremists for what they are. The Byron
Bay Marine Park is well known as a “Political Park” by the way with bio-
diversity coming second.
Chairman, The Fishing Party, Above Address ENDS