Illawarra Mercury: Overfishing concern if ban is lifted

Marine conservationist Attila Kaszo fears for the survival of some fish species if the state government pushes ahead this week with a decision to lift a ban on recreational fishing in protected marine sanctuaries.

Mr Kaszo, who was part of a campaign that won Jervis Bay sanctuary status more than 15 years ago, said marine sanctuaries contained breeding grounds that, before being protected, were overfished.

”Just 20 per cent of Jervis Bay is zoned sanctuary and the rest can be fished,” he said. ”Opening it up will put us back 20 years to when it was heavily overfished.


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