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The Coastal Catchment Management Authorities of NSW are seeking information from boaties and fishos via a seven-minute on-line survey, with opinions and ideas collected to be used to develop a new coastal NSW environmental education strategy for fishos and boaties.

The five NSW Coastal Catchment Management Authorities are partnering with NSW Maritime, Industry and Investment NSW (Fisheries), the Boat Owners’ Association of NSW, the Boating Industry Association of NSW, Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW and Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water to undertake an Environmental Education Strategy for Coastal Boaters and Fishers 2010-2012, funded by the Australian Government’s Caring For Our Country and the NSW Government.

Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority chairman Philip Sansom said: “Most people agree they want our waterways protected, so they can continue to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle now and share this with their children and grandchildren.”

 “To ensure boaters and fishers know how to do this the best way, they need education information developed and delivered in a way that suits them," said Sansom.

“For example, some people might like receiving information face to face at their boating or fishing club or others might like to receive information on Facebook,” he said.

“The Coastal CMAs want to develop an education strategy that works for people who enjoy boating and fishing and we think the best way to get the campaign right is to ask those people for input.

“What we are doing in the first stage is basic market research to determine current knowledge, what encourages people to protect our waterways and how boaters and fishers would like to receive information.”

The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/MTTKMDC and the closing date is February 16, 2011. There's also a chance to win a voucher for your favourite boating or fishing tackle store.

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