Ocean beaches and headlands assessment

The NSW Government announced its decision on the recreational fishing amnesty in NSW marine parks in December 2014. Based on the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel's advice and further consideration of social values and use conflicts, the NSW Government proposes to:

  • rezone 10 sites from sanctuary zone to habitat protection zone to make shore-based recreational line fishing lawful, and to continue the amnesty at these sites until the rezoning process is finalised.

The amnesty has been removed from all 20 remaining sites and enforcement of sanctuary zone rules has recommenced. All forms of fishing are prohibited in sanctuary zones and significant penalties apply including on-the-spot fines of up to $500.

Current arrangements in marine parks 

Community and stakeholder engagement  

Management rules for marine parks have been drafted for inclusion in the Marine Estate Management (Management Rules) Regulation 1999. Submissions closed Friday 13 November 2015. All submissions are currently being considered.

The changes as proposed would:

  • lift the amnesty at 10 sanctuary zones within the Solitary Islands, Cape Byron, Port Stephens–Great Lakes and Batemans marine parks to allow recreational line fishing from the shore in those areas,
  • update the maps for marine parks. There are a small number of amendments that make corrections to various descriptions and spellings and ensure that the maps are consistent.

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Page last updated/reviewed: 04 Jan 2016