Who cut down the mangroves ?

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Who cut down the mangroves ?

Post by Big_unit » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:38 pm

Witnesses wanted

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) officers are calling for people who may have witnessed mangrove destruction at Mandalay in Airlie Beach.

QBFP district officer Rob McDonald said that an area covering 30m x15m of mangroves had been cut down in the intertidal zone at Mandalay in Airlie Beach late last year.

"The area where the damage occurred is quite public and can be easily seen from the water so we are hoping that someone has seen or heard something that could help with the investigation.

"So far we have been unable to identify the responsible party and now we are relying on the public to come forward so that the investigation can continue.

"Anyone with knowledge of this incident, which happened in early December, should contact the local QBFP office on (07) 4946 7003 or call the Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 017 116."

Mr McDonald said mangroves were ecologically vital to local marine ecosystems and Queensland’s fisheries sustainability.

"Marine plants provide shelter, food and nursery areas for about 75% of fish species caught in Queensland," Mr McDonald said.

"All marine plants are protected under the Fisheries Act 1994 and the destruction, damage or disturbance of marine plants without prior approval from Fisheries Queensland is prohibited.

"A maximum penalty up to $300,000 applies for removing, destroying or damaging a marine plant without a development approval.

"For further information visit www.deedi.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23."

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