A POLITICAL&nbsp;stoush&nbsp;is shaping up over the long-awaited review of the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park.&nbsp; The NSW government, state opposition, recreational fishers and tourism operators are all&nbsp;flexing their muscles over the issue that has been in the pipeline for more than a decade. A review has been promised by both major sides of politics in the lead-up to the March election, but&nbsp;debate continues over&nbsp;its&nbsp;timing. RELATED CONTENT: Port Stephens&nbsp;state Liberal candidate Jamie Abbott&nbsp;announced&nbsp;on Tuesday that she would start a review of the marine park&nbsp;on her first day in office if elected in March. “I have to take a stance on this,” Ms Abbott said. “When elected I will organise a meeting with stakeholders on the first day.” In October, MP&nbsp;Kate Washington promised a NSW Labor government would&nbsp;initiate a marine park review within 12 months of forming government”, while Ms Abbott said at the time that Minister Niall Blair had&nbsp;advised her of a review “in the next two years”. Ms Washington said on Tuesday that she was confused by Ms Abbott’s latest claims that she would start the review immediately. “She can’t single handedly start a review,” she said. “It is not the role of the member to start consultation, it has to be led by the minister.” A spokeswoman for Mr Blair would not&nbsp;commit to a timeframe for the review.&nbsp; “All marine parks in NSW are required to go through periodic reviews under existing legislation,” she said. “Should we be re-elected, we will prioritise a review of the Port Stephens Marine Park to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the local community.” The issue is crucial for the Port Stephens’ economy that relies on the marine park&nbsp;for tourism. Port recreational fishers&nbsp;started&nbsp;an online petition last year to have their case&nbsp;heard for an ungent review involving all stakeholders. Many believe a review of the sanctuary zones, that&nbsp;make up 17.3 per cent of the park, is long overdue. The marine park was declared on December 1, 2005, and covers 98,000 hectares. It includes offshore waters to the three&nbsp;nautical mile limit between Cape Hawke and Birubi Beach surf lifesaving clubs, plus all esturine waters of Myall and Smiths Lakes, Port Stephens and&nbsp;Karuah River.