Marmion Marine Park re-zoning survey
Did you know that currently the Marmion Marine Park is under review for re-zoning?
This marine park stretches along our coast from Trigg Island to just above Burns Rocks.
The re-zoning will increase the size of the marine park further north. During the re-zoning process, there are many areas of discussion which is giving the opportunity for us to advise what we would like to see happen in this unique stretch of coastline. Whether it be more conservation, less spear fishing or recreational fishing or more options to fish if sustainable, now is the time to have your say and have your views and opinions heard.
There are a group of government departments who are all working together to bring all of the relevant information to the table to make sure that the decisions on use, size, boundaries are the right ones for the community as a whole.
As divers, we get to see the benefits first hand of protected and limited use reserves and most of us go to these areas because of these reserves.
Lee Johnson - co-owner of Perth Scuba is on the 12 member Community Reference Committee (CRC) and is working with these departments to make sure that divers and snorkelers are represented and that our views on the importance of the conservation of our marine life are shared along with an understanding that for us to share these areas as a community, we also need to accept that fishing and spear fishing are popular recreational activities too. Lee is supportive of a newly zoned marine park that gives to every part of the community whilst still allowing us to preserve what we have on our doorstep for many generations to come. Climate Change brings with it, it’s own set of new problems and issues for our oceans and the Marmion Marine Park is certainly not exempt from those too.
Lee is inviting you to help put together an overall picture of what you as members of the community use this marine park for, how frequently you use it and for what purposes. This information will be reviewed and discussed during the monthly CRC meetings and will shape the way the new re-zoned marine park will be used. The opportunity to re-zone and rewrite the multi uses and areas of conservation of an important section of coastline like this comes up once in a lifetime. This is your chance to put your thoughts into writing so we can all benefit by having a marine park that ticks all of the boxes and one that can be managed so we can all benefit from it for many years to come.
Please complete and submit this survey and feel free to pass it on to your dive buddies or snorkeling friends. Let’s make sure the diving community is heard and our wishes respected.
Click here to complete the survey.