Marine park takes stock

Visitors to the Solitary Islands Marine Park over January have been given the chance to make a positive contribution to how it is managed.

People using the beaches, boat ramps, headlands and estuaries have been asked to respond to two surveys that are aimed at delivering better services in the park.

"One is a user survey which we use to improve the information for park users, and the other is an economic survey that is being conducted here and at marine parks in Byron Bay and Jervis Bay," said Solitary Islands marine park manager Libby Sterling.

The surveys are aimed at locals as well as holidaymakers. The area involved is from Sandon River to Coffs Harbour. All survey points except the Coffs Harbour boat ramp are within the marine park.

"The surveys have been under way since January 5 and will continue to January 31," Ms Sterling said.

"The user survey has been conducted in the past two years for the Solitary Islands Marine Park and has already resulted in positive improvements to the information we provide in our recreational user guide and zoning signage."

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