stop the pollution
Stop pollution getting into our waterways, especially run-off from urban drains and sewage. Marine sanctuaries and marine parks are not immune from pollution, storm water runoff, microplastics and introduced pest species. All these are far more devastating than well-regulated recreational fishing. And Sydney Water is still pumping toxic sewage straight into the ocean through the deep water ocean outfalls and allowing untreated urban drain overflow into many locations within the Harbour.
work with anglers
Work with recreational anglers to develop more cooperative management of our marine resources. Effective bag and size limits and seasonal closures to protect breeding aggregations will always be accepted by anglers.
enforce reasonable regulations
Increase monitoring and enforcement of regulations that affect the marine environment, including pollution, habitat destruction and commercial and recreational fishing transgressions.
MAINTAIN PUBLIC ACCESS
Maintain safe and easy recreational fishing access for the young, elderly and disabled by removing places like Clifton Gardens, North Harbour, Bare Island and Long Reef.
do something about more damaging processes
Consider more realistically the small threat that recreational fishing poses compared to other threatening processes such as pollution, foreshore development, sewage outfalls, cruise ships and some methods of destructive commercial fishing.
Give better consideration to spearfishers. It is estimated that they take less than 0.1% of the total fisheries catch, yet under the 59 locations being assessed, they risk losing a number of important and safe locations such as Long Reef, Magic Point, Long Bay and Boat Harbour. For Illawarra spearfishers, they risk losing the entire Royal National Park coastline, the Northern Illawarra, the Five Islands group and Windang Island.
Make Sydney Harbour a Recreational Fishing Haven
Declare Sydney Harbour a Recreational Fishing Haven to give it better protection from commercial fishing and environmental harm.