Your say on marine parks

COFFS COAST residents have just three days remaining to have their say counted on marine park management in NSW.

The independent scientific audit of marine parks is open to both online and written public submissions until the close of business on Friday.

"It's important for the community to have a say on this issue," Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson said.

"This independent scientific audit is following a proven and transparent process that will ensure the delivery of evidence-based outcomes."

The audit is being chaired by Associate Professor Robert Beeton with a panel of five members, who are well known for their achievements in fisheries science, marine biodiversity conservation and social and economic evaluation.

The Independent Scientific Audit of Marine Parks in NSW is due to be completed by December 31.

"It's vital that stakeholders and those with an interest in this area are able to have their say, so I encourage them to make their submission," NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker said.

Submissions can be made via the website and must be fully referenced and comply with the guidelines provided.

All accepted submissions are published on the website, along with all other papers considered by the audit.

The panel has been meeting regularly and anyone interested in following their progress can also view meeting summaries on the website.

Topics:  audit community marine parks science

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