NSW Parliament House
Bongin bongin bay Aquatic Reserve

With Keynote Speaker Professor David Booth and Special Guest Valerie Taylor AM

On Thursday the 24th of August 2023, in conjunction with the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the National Parks Association of NSW, we had a lunch time event at NSW Parliament house where we invited all our NSW political representatives and their staff to a showcase of our submission for Bongin Bongin Bay to become an Aquatic Reserve. Our keynote speaker was Professor David Booth with special guest Valerie Taylor AM.

Speakers and Performers

  • Greg Pride - Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay - Welcome
  • Uncle Allen Madden - Gadigal Elder - Welcome to Country
  • Rory Amon - Member for Pittwater - NSW Parliament
  • Video - The Spirit of the Basin - Phil Sheppard
  • Shani and Peter Colledge performing 'Bongin Bongin Bay'
  • Dr Katie Frankish - Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay
  • David Booth - Professor - School of Life Sciences - University of Technology Sydney
  • Danielle Ryan - Australian Marine Conservation Society

David Booth - Professor of Marine Ecology - UTS Sydney

Professor David Booth is a highly-cited marine researcher and a Professor of Marine Ecology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He has published more than 180 papers about reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries. He is also the Team Leader at the UTS Fish Ecology Lab.

David Booth spoke about the importance of Marine Parks and pointed out that less than 2% of the world oceans are currently protected. He made a specific point about the importance of small, no-take marine reserves similar to the one being proposed at Bongin Bongin Bay.

Images from the Day

Valerie Taylor AM

With every encounter with nature we receive far more than we seek.

One 30cm fish releases the same number of eggs as 2,000 15cm fish!

180 million eggs

A 13.5cm crayfish will release double the no. of eggs as a 10cm one.

840,000 eggs

Number of square meters in the proposed
Bongin Bongin Bay Aquatic Reserve

451,800 m2

The no. of aquatic reserves in NSW is 12 incl. 5 on the Northern Beaches