donate
join
shop
home print
home links print donate now join now join now
conservation wildlife projects news magazine what's on about support us contact us
conservation wildlife projects news magazine what's on about us support us contact us
home -> news -> recreational fishing
NEWS
Huge win for the Reef
North Stradbroke Native Title
LOLA another blow to the environment
Queensland Feral Animal Strategy
Fraser Island Dingo Strategy
Government to reduce community rights?
Offsets under review
Reviving the amazing Mary River Turtle
More protection for koalas
Plastic bag free March
It pays to speak out
Commonwealth limits access to courts
Climate Change day of action
Mining continues on North Straddie
Winner - Cover of the Year
The Great Extinctiton Debate 2013
Federal Election - changed climate
Batty Boat Cruises 2013-2014
Closer to Environmental Disaster
Bird paradise at risk
National or recreational parks in Queensland?
Student Research Grants - 2013
Opera house traps continue to kill
Rare fungi feeder hops into limelight
Are Plant Species at Risk?
Congratulations Professor Possingham
Great Barrier Reef at risk!
New Wild dog check fence
Protect our national parks - NOT ON!
Government land tenure in Queensland
Give a Gift to Wildlife Queensland
Grazing on Parks: questions to be asked
Power to protect our national parks!
Grazing on Parks: where is the science?
Government Action to Protect Wildlife
The swing of the pendulum
Mothers Day Vigil
Power to Move on Flying Fox camps
Job opportunity at Wildlife Queensland!
Quoll Seeking Success!
Biodiversity concern or electioneering?
Has 'Can-Do' Campbell gone batty?
Biosecurity Bill 2012 Delayed
Community support curlews of Coochie
Qld Government encourages Shale Oil
Coral Sea Marine Reserve a step closer
Action on the Fisheries Front
Proposed EPBC Act Amendments
An Environmental Valentine
Silt threatens Moreton Bay
Green Zone fishing push rejected
Comment on Coral Sea management plan
The social dimensions of feeding wildlife
Showcasing Australian Conservation
Nature Conservation update
Helping conservation in Vietnam
Council of Australian Governments Meeting
What is the Federal Government thinking?
Nature Conservation amendment bill
Mahogany Glider update
PlatypusWatch update
Grey Cross campaign update
Largest Network of marine reserves
Pied imperial-pigeon monitoring project
The Grey Cross Bats Campaign
Death by Barbed Wire
Koala Funding Boost
Failing to protect Woondum National Park
Environment and the Qld Government
Marine Reserves Update
Flying Foxes Targeted
Threatened Species Day
Talking Wildlife - Visual Summaries
Qld Government to allow shooting of bats
Quolls under threat near Warwick
Threatened Species Day: 7 September
Myrtle Rust - help reduce its impact
Surviving the Magpie Season
Government land tenure inquiry
DestinationQ - but what about nature?
Conservation projects with a bright future
EDO faces financial challenge
Friends of Taunton National Park
The Future for Flying Foxes
Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage at Risk
New Weeds of National Significance
Nathan Dam back on the agenda
Two major Queensland water projects
The vulnerable koala: are we in time?
previous news articles...
Recreational fishing in Qld Marine Park green zones rejected – January 2013

Photo © Marine Freyne

Prior to the March 2012 State election, there had been a very strong push from the recreational fishing lobby to allow fishing in the green zones (equates to terrestrial national park status for the protection of all species) designated within the Queensland Marine Parks. Wildlife Queensland and other conservation groups provided a counter argument requesting that the status quo remain and no fishing be permitted. The LNP elected not to make an election commitment one way or the other.

Since the LNP came to power, the issue has not gone away. The Government has been considering a scientific review of the effectiveness of marine parks but such action has not appeared on any Government list of priority actions. Furthermore Mark Robinson MP, Member for Cleveland, sponsored a formal petition signed by 249 persons that was tabled in the Queensland Parliament calling for fishing in green zones.

In Minister Dickson's response, changes to permitted uses in green zones were ruled out. Quoting the Minister’s words 'Given the extremely large area of marine waters in Queensland available for recreational fishing it is not considered that any change is required to existing State marine park zones at this time'. His speech also confirmed that adequate science and consultation underpinned the recent 2009 rezoning of Moreton Bay Marine Park, dispelling arguments to the contrary.

Wildlife Queensland welcomed this decision and has given credit when credit is due.

Wildlife Queensland has written to Minister Dickson applauding his decision. A copy of the letter was forwarded to the Premier and also Hon Andrew Powell, Minister for the Environment and Heritage Protection.

Wildlife Queensland acknowledged the care for the environment the Government has demonstrated on this occasion and took the opportunity to state that the Government has an obligation to protect both the terrestrial and marine biodiversity. The need for Queensland Marine Parks in the Gulf of Carpentaria was also raised.

For more information on Wildlife Queensland's activities, call us on +61 7 3221 0194 or send us an email.