PRECIOUS: Fishermen at Julian Rocks prior to the establishment of the marine park.
PRECIOUS: Fishermen at Julian Rocks prior to the establishment of the marine park. The Northern Star

Wilderness Society wants fishing amnesty removed

IN response to last year's decision by the NSW Government to introduce an amnesty on recreational fishing restrictions in marine park sanctuaries, the Wilderness Society is creating a documentary advocating its removal.

The documentary is currently being filmed at five marine parks, including the Cape Byron Marine Park.

It aims to feature a wide variety of individuals in the Byron Bay area, including surfers, musicians, dive operators, scientists, fishermen and environmental organisations.

NSW campaigner for the Wilderness Society, Charlotte Richardson, said the group wanted to lobby the State Government in regards to the amnesty on the marine sanctuary.

"We also want to showcase NSW's incredible coastline and marine parks," she said.

"I don't think people realize how amazingly diverse it is.

"I also don't think people realise how threatened they are, the threats to fish and dolphin populations.

"It's so spectacular up here.

"I'm from Manly and what I see up here blows me away.

"One of the most special things is seeing the marine life, the whales and the dolphins."

The Wilderness Society hopes to have the documentary completed by November in order to showcase it at the World Parks Congress in Sydney from November 12.

Next year the society hopes to screen the film internationally, particularly at conservation film festivals.

The Wilderness Society will also host a music gig at the Treehouse on Belongil in Byron Bay tomorrow starting at 2pm.

Live music and guest presenters will be featured, including the Sea Shepherd and Sirens for the Sea.


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