Setting Minister Matt Kean has provided to take Bega MP Andrew Constance diving at Montague Island and says “science” will resolve Batemans Marine Park no-take zones.
The NSW MP was responding to a query on sanctuary zones on the Nature Conservation Council annual convention on Saturday which was held on-line.
Requested in a videoed section if he would take “pressing motion” to totally restore no-take zones opened to leisure fishing in December, 2019, Mr Kean stated: “Properly, the easy reply is ‘sure’.”
“We’ll work with the scientists, we’ll work with the specialists and we’ll make selections based mostly on their recommendation,” the minister stated.
Mr Kean stated any determination should wait till the present assessment of no-take zones was accomplished, however “I’ll take the identical method to marine parks as I do to local weather change”.
“Let’s take heed to the science, let’s take heed to the specialists, and let’s make coverage in step with that recommendation,” he stated.
Mr Kean then flagged a dive journey with Mr Constance as a part of an “environmental diplomacy” marketing campaign to persuade Coalition members of the advantages of “environmental treasures” – a marketing campaign he stated wouldn’t be “simple”.
“I am heading right down to Montague Island very shortly,” Mr Kean stated.
“I’ll be taking the native member diving at Montague Island so he can also see what a beautiful environmental asset that is.
“That is what I name ‘environmental diplomacy’. I’ll persuade a few of my extra sceptical colleagues concerning the great treasures and property now we have in our surroundings.
“It is not a simple activity, however it’s one price preventing for.
“I’m going to again myself to persuade essentially the most sceptical of individuals within the Coalition concerning the significance of this agenda.”
He stated his purpose was that “we depart our planet, depart our property like Montague Island and the Batemans Bay Marine Park higher than we discovered it”.
Australian Group Media has sought remark from Mr Constance.
The Nature Coast Marine Group, which has been campaigning underneath the banner “Save our Sancturaries”, welcomed Mr Kean’s feedback and his proposed go to.
Spokesperson Invoice Barker stated: “That is the primary reassuring information we have heard from the NSW Authorities because it introduced the shock scrapping of those sanctuaries in December 2019.”
“This offers us hope that the NSW Authorities is lastly ready to take heed to the science and listen to first-hand what our area people has to say about our valued marine property,” Mr Barker stated.
“However the timing is now pressing given latest revelations that Montague Island’s international conservation standing is in jeopardy as a result of removing of ‘no-take’ sanctuary protections.”
Mr Barker stated Montague Island Nature Reserve was positioned on the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) inexperienced record in 2014 – certainly one of solely two different NSW websites and 46 around the globe.
“IUCN inexperienced itemizing recognises excellence in protected space administration,” he stated.
“Reaching this vital worldwide accolade was a tribute to years of labor by the NSW Nationwide Parks and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with Aboriginal teams, the local people and devoted volunteers.
“The Montague sanctuary zones (South and East) present habitat for the critically endangered gray nurse shark, in addition to fur seals, little penguins, migrating seabirds and likewise the ecologically vital blue groper.
“Lots of the species round Montague now face better danger of damage from unintended hooking, vessel strike, anchoring and entanglement. These dangers will escalate over summer time because the sanctuary areas are closely focused by fishers.
“Montague Island is a magnet for guests who come right here to see a haven for thriving wildlife.
“We’re assured that when Matt Kean and native member Andrew Constance go diving into the bio-diverse waters off Montague Island, they may admire simply how vital it’s to guard this outstanding marine habitat.”