A PHOTO of a grey nurse shark with a gang hook protruding from its eye has helped convince the State Government that more needs to done to protect the endangered species on the Mid North Coast.
The government has assured environmental groups it will consider tightening fishing restrictions off South West Rocks where the critically endangered sharks exist.
At the same time, greater protection for grey nurse shark colonies may follow off Coffs Harbour as the government reviews its Solitary Island Marine Park policy.
Environmental groups have welcomed news that Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan will look at tightening fishing restrictions.
Fish Rock and nearby Green Island near South West Rocks were declared as critical habitat for the sharks in November 2002, resulting in fishing and diving regulations.
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