Roebuck Bay Marine Park

Roebuck Bay Marine Park – Have Your Say

If you haven’t had your say on the draft Roebuck Bay Marine Park Indicative Management Plan then time is running out fast.

The public comment period for the draft management plan for the new Roebuck Bay marine park closes on Friday, September 25 and Recfishwest is urging all recreational fishers to get their feedback in before the deadline.

Recfishwest believes the draft management plans provide a win for both conservation and the community, especially as it celebrates the important role recreational fishing plays in the Kimberley and demonstrates that recreational fishing is compatible with marine conservation .

It is important recreational fishers comment about the importance of fishing to the community, to them personally and how a marine park with shared zones, rather than angler lockouts, is ideal.

Recreational fishing has been going from strength to strength in the Bay, with the removal of commercial netting in late 2013 seeing a marked rise in key fish stocks, which has also been supported by the restocking of barramundi into local systems.

Recfishwest believe the management strategies contained within the draft management plan have struck a good balance between restoring, protecting and sustainably managing the cultural and natural values of Roebuck Bay while allowing an appropriate level of recreational use for all stakeholders.

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The new management plan is also important in fulfilling the cultural aspirations of the Yawuru people who will play a significant role in the planned joint management arrangements of this park.

The draft plans are available for public comment at http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/yawuru.