Batemans Marine Park
The NSW Government announced its decision on the recreational fishing amnesty in NSW Marine Parks, based on the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel’s advice and further consideration of social values and use conflicts at some sites. In Batemans Marine Park, the NSW Government proposes to rezone the shoreline (to 100 m offshore) at the following four sites from sanctuary zone to habitat protection zone to permanently allow shore-based recreational line fishing:
Congo Point South Beach and Mullimburra Point to Bingie Beach
Bullengella Beach and Bogola Head Beach to Loader Beach.
The amnesty on shore-based recreational line fishing at these four sites will continue until the rezoning process is finalised. The amnesty has now ceased at the following three sites and enforcement of sanctuary zone rules has recommenced:
Guerilla Bay Beach (Burrewarra North)
Burrewarra Point to Long Nose Point (Burrewarra South)
The amnesty did not apply at Burrewarra Point itself, and the sanctuary zone at this site also remains in place. All forms of fishing are prohibited in sanctuary zones and significant penalties apply including on-the-spot fines of up to $500.