The O’Farrell government’s decision to allow recreational fishing in NSW marine parks has undermined decades of research as well as harmed the region’s ecosystems, according to a leading marine scientist.
Last March, the government offered a temporary “amnesty” to shore-based anglers in six marine parks that had previously banned fishing. It is now considering whether to make the change permanent.
That decision had “contaminated our sampling program”, said Professor Graham Edgar, from the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.
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