'Come together to Save Batemans Marine Sanctuaries'
A celebration of our marine environment will take the form of a Paddle Out on Saturday 21 November. The event will be at the sheltered beach near the netted pool at Bar Beach south, Narooma from 11am. The organisers aim to make this a COVID safe and family-friendly event where people can show their support for the Batemans Marine Park's sanctuaries and have fun. People and children who do not want to paddle out will be invited to create sand sculptures. Everyone will have the chance to star in the photos, drone footage and videos that will be filmed.
Wally Stewart, Walbunja man and Native Title claimant, said: "My community is not happy with the removal of sanctuary protections. As native title claimants over these waters, the Government has a responsibility to consult but they made this decision without telling us and without any recognition of the status of our native title claim.These waters are an integral part of our claim."
Save our Sanctuaries
'We as recreational fishers have done no wrong'
In December 2019, as part of his election promise, Andrew Constance influenced the reopening of several Marine Park zones.
It was a sensible decision given these areas had not had a scientific approach to cause the closures in the first place, rather a political one.
This Saturday, a group of conservationists are meeting at Bar Beach, Narooma, at 11am to promote the reopening of these Marine Parks and have invited the media to hear their cause.
We, as local recreational fishers, along with Club Narooma Fishing Club, should gather in numbers to show our opposition to any reopening and voice our opinions as to why the areas affected should be left as they are and how no detrimental effects to the fish population or environment is occurring.
Please attend if you can, wear your club shirt proudly. We as recreational fishers have done no wrong, in fact, we tend to look after the fishery more than ever with catch and release, strict bag and size limits.