Good news from the State Govt Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

You will recall we had officers from this Department as Guest Speakers at our Daytime Meeting in 2018 held at the Bribie Seaside Museum.
They gave us an account of the long and difficult road it has been for them to meticulously and doggedly pursue this issue so that they could justify the changes in legislation necessary to protect these species from illegal over harvesting, that has put the health of the populations on the brink of collapse.
After a number of years of pursuing this issue, prosecuting those who abused the limits of what were allowable takes and the illegal trade, the Fisheries Dept has been able to get this legislation enacted.
BIEPA congratulates these wonderful officers.

The Queensland Government has introduced urgent management changes to protect gastropods and bivalve molluscs in Moreton Bay.

Fishing pressure directed at gastropods and bivalve molluscs in Moreton Bay has increased significantly in recent years resulting in concern about sustainability of key species (mud ark, mud whelks and cockles).

Public consultation on urgent management changes was undertaken in late 2018 given the vulnerability of key species to over-harvesting and limited compliance with current possession limits.

Changes have recently been made to the Fisheries Regulation 2008 to protect these species in Moreton Bay. The following new rules are now in place:

  • the take of gastropods and bivalve mollusc, excluding pipis, is prohibited in Moreton Bay;
  • shell collecting (i.e. empty shells, no live organisms) is still permitted.

If you require more information contact the Department’s Call Centre on 13 25 23 or visit fisheries.qld.gov.au.

Fisheries Managers

Management and Reform | Fisheries Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

www.daf.qld.gov.au
Level 5, Mineral House, 41 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Attached is a copy of the letter to recreational stakeholder groups and a flyer outlining the new management changes…

Management changes Moreton Bay molluscs – letter to stakeholders

Moreton Bay mollusc closure flyer

Pelicans

SEE ATTACHED POSTER FOR DETAILS OF THE MARCH
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We hope you will come and March for the Pelicans.

No doubt you are aware of the concerns local residents are expressing about the loss of Bribie’s pelicans that for decades have roosted on the light poles along the Bribie Bridge.
The lights have been changed to more economic LEDs, but that meant a change in the design which has destroyed the pelicans’ roosting habitat.
The destruction of this long-standing and iconic “welcome” on the Bridge to Bribie Island is a loss not only to an essential part of Bribie’s character, but Bribie’s natural assets.  The pelicans are a protected species under the Moreton Bay Marine Park (designated in 1992); the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (signed by Australia in 1991); the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (signed by Queensland and Australia in 1993) and the Commonwealth Government’s EPBC Act (1999).
These commitments by our governments protect Bribie Island’s Fauna and Flora.  Resident and migratory species.
The pelicans do not breed locally, they migrate to inland lakes, Lake Eyre.
During the time the pelicans are resident on Bribie Island, the light poles on the Bribie Bridge have become an integral part of their roosting habitat and with the protections for the pelicans and their habitat that are in place, this habitat loss could have been avoided if due process in the decision making had been followed.  The roosting sites on the Bridge should be reinstated or alternative like-roosting sites provided.
There will be an item about the issue on the 6 o’clock Channel 7 News tonight.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.
BIEPA Management Committee
EARTH HOUR 2019
It’s that time of year again to organise your romantic candlelit dinner.
Turn off the lights and join us for Earth hour 2019.
ENJOY THE EVENING.
See attached Poster for more information.
An update from the National Parks Association of Queensland
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