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Royal Marine Park Proposal
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

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Two areas in the Royal National Park have been proposed for NSW Marine Park status.

The first area includes a 23 hectare sanctuary zone incorporating all of Cabbage Tree Creek and The Basin. A sanctuary zone is designed to enhance biodiversity and allow activities such as snorkeling, diving and boating, but banning fishing and other extra-active activities.

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The second area encompasses an 85 hectare conservation zone from Martin Head southwards to the northern end of Garie Beach, including Wattamolla Beach and Wattamolla Lagoon, and 100 metres seaward from the mean high water mark. A conservation zone would provide a high level of environmental benefit and allow abalone and lobster fishing.

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If Marine Park status is approved the following activities will no longer allowed:

Line fishing
Spear fishing
Lobster fishing
Abalone fishing
Hand gathering of shells
Collecting marine vegetation

Commercial fishing is also disallowed except for nippers along the Port Hacking river as well as lobster and abalone fishing along the Pacific coastal area.

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