The NSW Government is currently considering a number of management options to increase marine biodiversity in the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion - the marine estate between Newcastle and Wollongong. Currently there is minimal protection and only three small areas that are fully protected, one being Cabbage Tree Bay at Shelley Beach, Manly.

The NSW Government is looking at the short-list of eight management options for the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion. A Marine Park is the only management option that covers the most threats and risks in the Threat and Risk Assessment Report (TARA).

Marine Parks are now proven to stimulate the local economy through increased visitation and the business that brings to tourist operations and other flow-on business to cafes and shops. Recreational fishing is allowed in 80-85% of the other six marine parks in NSW so they are a great example of fishing and conservation working hand-in-hand.

One of the management options being considered is reducing commercial fishing in Pittwater.

The support so far has been excellent including from the science community, over 5,000 individuals and 350 businesses.

For more information, and to view the assessment, click on the link below:
http://www.marine.nsw.gov.au/key-initiatives/hawkesbury-shelf-marine-assessment