sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Dugong protection sparks rule changes

Dugong protection sparks rule changes

'Dugong and swimmer'    .    Click Here to view large photo

The Dugong populations off Townsville will benefit from changes to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park regulations on commercial net fishing, which will become effective from today.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said Burdekin commercial fishers proposed the changes to the Species Conservation (Dugong Protection) Area in Bowling Green Bay, working in close consultation with the Australian and Queensland Governments.

The amendments change the rules for commercial net fishing within the southern part of Bowling Green Bay. They include a 'No Netting Area' and a 'Restricted Netting Area', which limit the size of nets as well as how they are to be used.

'These amendments are in response to concerns about unsustainable levels of dugong deaths in the area,' Dr Reichelt said.

'Burdekin commercial fishers recognised the need to be proactive about reducing the risk of incidental catch of dugong in commercial fishing nets.'

'Dugong populations are under pressure. Extreme weather events last summer has killed off seagrass, their main food source.'

'The rule changes in Bowling Green Bay are an important step in dugong protection. They also demonstrate how local action and working together can result in positive outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef and the species that rely on it.'

Dugong -  .. .  
Commercial fishers from the Burdekin have worked with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Fisheries Queensland, Department of Environment and Resource Management and the Queensland Seafood Industry Association to bring the rule changes to a reality.

This is part of the Burdekin Regional Management Project, which encourages stewardship of local marine resources on which the community depends for livelihoods and recreation. Queensland Seafood Industry Association's Geoff Tilton said commercial fishers saw the need for action to reduce the incidental capture of dugong in the Bowling Green Bay area.

'Through the Burdekin Sustainable Fisheries Alliance these changes have been brought to a reality,' Mr Tilton said. 'This is genuine local stewardship in action.'

The amendments to commercial netting rules take place in two key locations within the area known as the Bowling Green Bay Dugong Protection Area.

The introduction of the Restricted Netting Area will require fishers to use nets that are shorter, shallower and weighted better, which reduces the risk of Dugong becoming entangled. Previously, fishers could use nets with a length of 600 metres and no restriction on the depth of the net. Now, fishers can only use three nets of 120 metres in length and with a 16 mesh drop (150mm to 245mm per mesh).

In the No Netting Area, no netting activities other than bait netting will be allowed.

A range of commercial netting activities (with low risk to dugong) are still allowed in parts of Bowling Green Bay, providing for businesses to continue operation and to supply a range of seafood products to markets.

Netting rules for other areas within Bowling Green Bay remain unchanged. The rules for other activities, including recreational fishing and other forms of commercial fishing also remain unchanged.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website




by GBRMPA

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=91803

10:23 PM Mon 12 Dec 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
























IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT