Stop The Lockout was created on Facebook in 2016 when it came to our attention that the government was looking to impose fishing lockouts across NSW. A few weeks after the group was born, the government at the time decided to shelve its plans to implement the lockouts.
In August 2018, the NSW government announced its proposal for the Marine Biodiversity Plan in the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion, which sparked the page back to life. The admin team and group members became engaged in a fierce media campaign to raise awareness and drum up support to create a Facebook group to apply pressure to government and ultimately force them drop their plans..
We are not stopping here we want to unlock fishing areas that have been taken from us in the past, block any future lockouts, and unscientific fishing management strategies. #stopthelockout
Fishing, it's our history and our culture!
To unify and strengthen the whole fishing community. We are recreational fisherman, recreational spear fisherman, charter operators and comercial fishers. We are united as one and will work together to achieve our objectives of no un-scientific based lockouts, Marine Parks or fishing management strategies.
Furthermore we plan to reverse Marine Park Lockouts, previously imposed by Governments, and to block future restrictions that that any State Government might want to push through.
Is to see fishers sustainably enjoying the ocean, free of restriction.
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