Sanctuary Zones are are under threat and need your help NOW.
The NSW Government has allowed fishing in sanctuary zones in the Batemans Marine Park. You must act NOW to reverse this decision. Our environment needs protection.
A two-month consultation period should start soon.
Read more about sanctuary zones and what you can do - Click Here
The Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) is Australia’s largest professional association of marine scientists, with more than 700 members nationally. AMSA has three times (2007, 2012, 2019) put out position statements endorsing marine protected areas in which no extraction activities take place as "vital to the conservation of Australia’s marine biodiversity and biomass". Read more here.
SUGGESTIONS FOR EXERCISE ON OUR SEASHORES (see also the Activities page)
Unfortunately Nature Coast Marine Group is unable to organize rock platform walks or beach rambles during this time of social isolation but maybe you or your family may like to get some exercise and enjoy our marine intertidal areas when the weather is warm. Check the wind and swell conditions before going and always keep an eye on the waves while exploring.
ROCK POOL RAMBLES
Most of the rock platforms in the shire are upended rocks which make walking difficult, however, Broulee rock platform and Broulee Island are easier walking and have interesting pools. Congo rock platform is also fairly level but is exposed to larger swells. Narooma’s rock pools are worth exploring when the tides are very low. Access is best near Australia Rock at the start of the southern breakwater (park at the lookout).
Take the time to stand and stare as many creatures are well camouflaged. Encourage the kids to look in crevices, under rock overhangs and among the seaweeds and cunjevoi as these often hide crabs, colourful anemones and starfish.
Low tides are more suitable for exploring the strand line of our beautiful beaches especially if the seas have been rough. Check out the root-like holdfasts of any kelps that have washed ashore, they often hide tiny creatures. Giant cuttlefish ‘bones’ sometimes wash ashore, as well as the ‘bones’ of many smaller species of cuttlefish. If the beach is not in a sanctuary zone you may like to collect one or two attractive seashells.
SEND YOUR PHOTOS AND QUERIES
Nature Coast Marine Group would like to have photos of people and families enjoying our Marine Park. If you are willing for these to be used on the Group’s Facebook page please send the snaps with the names of the people.
If you find anything that is very interesting or puzzling please send NCMG the photos. Someone will try to identify them if necessary, let you know, and feature them on the Group’s Facebook page or website (www.ncmg.org.au)
You can email photos to