Ban to protect grey nurse shark
KEEN anglers will be banned from dropping a line off some of New South Wales' most popular fishing beaches in an effort to protect the critically endangered grey nurse shark population.
The State Government has reinstated bans on line-fishing with bait around known grey nurse aggregation sites at Fish Rock, Green Island, Mermaid Reef near Crowdy Head and Magic Point at Maroubra.
A 200 metre prohibition area will be enforced at those beaches and could be extended to areas further up the coast in coming months.
NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann has called for a 1500m sanctuary zone to reflect CSIRO studies which show the sharks migrate that far from the rocks and gutters whether they aggregate.
She said the restrictions would be an "enforcement nightmare" and feared the bans did not go far enough to protect the grey nurse population from extinction.
"When you are desperately trying to save a critically endangered species from extinction, half-hearted compromises are not the way to go" said Ms Faehrmann. "We will continue to call for 1500 metre sanctuary zone protection and this is what is needed to give the grey nurse shark the best chance of survival."