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Have your say on a healthier marine environment


Have your say on a healthier marine environment National Marine Natural Resource Management Plan 2017-2022-Draft for Comment For the next five weeks, Australians have the opportunity to comment on the future stewardship of Australia’s marine environment, by commenting on the draft National Marine Natural Resource Management Plan 2017-2022 (draft Plan). The draft Plan provides a roadmap for helping fishers, boaters, coastal farmers, land managers and residents - both urban and rural, to understand that their practice and behaviours can change the condition of the marine environment that we all love – for the better. Funded by the National Landcare Programme, OceanWatch Australia (OceanWatch) is the national non-government organisation responsible for the delivery of the Australian Government’s marine natural resource management related programs. Following in the successful footsteps of the Landcare movement – which was about transforming Australian landscapes, it’s now the turn of the marine environment for similar transformation. “At OceanWatch”, said Chair, Geoff Blackburn, “we believe that if you fish in it, play in it, eat from it, or just love it – a healthy marine environment matters to you. Our challenge is to convert peoples’ love for the marine environment into stewardship actions, and together ensure a healthy and productive marine environment both now and into the future.” Closing date for comments is Friday 21st of April 2017. All comments received will be carefully reviewed before publication of the final National Marine Natural Resource Management Plan 2017- 2022. Those keen to comment can do so in three ways; by email, post or by online survey response. Email: comments@oceanwatch.org.au Post to: NRM Plan - Comments OceanWatch Australia Locked Bag 247 Pyrmont NSW 2009 Online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWZ7RWV Further information: Brad Warren, Executive Director: 0412 606959 OceanWatch Australia has been protecting biodiversity and threatened species for the benefit of the Australian marine environment since 1989. OceanWatch Australia is Australia's Marine Natural Resource Management organisation, responsible for the delivery of the Commonwealth Government’s marine natural resource management related programs. A core focus of the role is;

- The adoption of best practices for fishing and aquaculture

- The encouragement of stewardship actions amongst coastal and marine users - To undertaking works to protect, rehabilitate, restore and enhance the marine environment www.oceanwatch.org.au OceanWatch Australia is the national marine NRM organisation recognised and supported by the Australian Government.


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