• Petitioning Queensland Minister for Fisheries

This petition will be delivered to:

Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Queensland Minister for Fisheries

Stop whale entanglement and collision and secure resting spots

    1. HHR Humpbacks
    2. Petition by

      HHR Humpbacks

      Gold coast, Australia

Gold Coast bay and Moreton bay in the urbanised south-east Queensland are home to a large number of marine mammals including the common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, dugongs, and the humpback whale. A recent study (http://www.hhr.org.au/files/BehaviourStudy.pdf ) has confirmed that humpback whales use the Gold Coast as a resting area during their southern migration. In particular mothers and calves were found to spend hours or days on the surface to rest with their calves.
Since the coastal development in Australia rapidly increased in the 1980s we have generated more boat traffic, more noise, more pollution and consequently more risk and death of marine mammals. Unnatural causes of death of whales and dolphins will continue to increase unless we start acting now.
We need your signature, your support. Every day we grow stronger building a community that respects the ocean and life.

Find out more by visiting www.hhr.org.au or join our facebook community  http://www.facebook.com/HumpbacksandHighrises

Thank you for supporting marine life.

Recent signatures

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    1. AGAIN - Gold Coast shark nets catch baby whale

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      One more...how many more until we lift the nets? Lifting the nets seems like a logic and rational exercise but it actually requires a cultural and ethical change. Well, we are ready to take on the challenge. Respect creation #liftthenets

      http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/gold-coast/baby-humpback-whale-has-lucky-escape-from-shark-nets-off-main-beach-coast/story-fnj94idh-1227020636683

    2. Shocking - 3 whale entanglements in just over a week on the Gold Coast

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      As predicted we will have more and more entanglements of whales in shark nets. But 3 whales in just over a week - we never thought things would get that bad. Bilinga had to die on the 20.07. Another young whale was entangled at Kirra on the 24.07 and another one at the same location on the 29.07.

      With no records on survival.

      There is no access to the injured animals for independent scientific assessment and if dead like Bilinga from the 20.07 they are being dumped at sea by the government.

      This is simply unacceptable for a developed country that claims to protect all Marine Mammals and support research.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. First ever footage of silent death of a baby humpback whale in shark nets

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      First ever footage of a humpback whale dying in shark nets. This is the silent death of Bilinga who died on the Gold Coast on the 20.07. Share it, spread it. Show the world that we will not tolerate last centuries practices destroying marine life in a developed country.

      https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=Dw-NA886JO8&video_referrer=watch

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    5. Heard but not followed

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      Supporters! We had a response from the minister for environment. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=630224840370369&set=a.173188536074004.43566.134117459981112&type=1&theater

      So, we have been heard but we also see that nothing is changing. Whales will be caught again, dolphins will be getting entangled and drown on the east coast of Australia. We have no choice but to continue our campaign. Lets push to lift the deadly nets for a few weeks and make a difference for the wildlife we love.

    6. Lift the nets! Positive media response.

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      Just after our petition was delivered a humpback whale calf died in shark nets in New South Wales and only a week later a calf was trapped and nearly drowned on the Gold Coast. With your support we made a stand for our whales and dolphins. We have pushed the topic back into media and we will continue to do so until the first nets are lifted.

      We are not finished. We have just begun!

      Support us and LIKE us on Facebook.

      https://www.facebook.com/HumpbacksandHighrises

      http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/10/21/460315_gold-coast-news.html

      http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/22/humpback-whale-calf-dies-in-shark-net-on-sydney-beach

      http://www.smh.com.au/environment/whale-watch/whale-freed-from-nets-off-gold-coast-20131029-2wcxp.html

      Humpbacks & High-Rises

      Humpbacks & High-Rises, Gold Coast, QLD. 933 likes · 141 talking about this. Humpbacks & High-Rises is an independent not for profit research organisation dedicated to the research and protection of whales in the broader Gold Coast region. We focus our research and adaptation strategies on coastal impacts caused by urbanization for the benefits of marine mammals and the urban communities.

    7. Keep signing until the 22nd October

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      We have submitted our petition to the local council. A letter will be send to the Qld government on Monday, so keep supporting our petition. You are still making a difference!

      http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/10/19/460291_gold-coast-news.html

    8. Less than 24 hrs left before submission!

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      We are only short of 50 signatures to reach 2500!! Together with our 248 hard copy signatures we can make the needed 2500. Thanks for supporting whales and dolphins.

    9. 2 days left before petition submission!!!

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      Whales have a right to rest!

      Wonder why we want to secure resting spots and establish calm zones in areas where mothers and calves frequently rest?

      Here is why:

      http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/fools-ski-close-to-distressed-humpback-whales-near-newcastle/story-fni0cx12-1226739237830

      Fools ski close to distressed humpback whales near Newcastle

      Land-based whale-watching enthusiasts in Newcastle watched in disbelief on Saturday as two careless jetskiers followed, circled and harassed a pod of humpback whales, including at least two calves, for more than 30 minutes.

    10. Help us get 2500 signatures by the 18th October!

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      During 15 years alone of shark nets and drumlines in Queensland waters 468 dugongs, 2654 turtles, 317 dolphins and 10,889 rays were caught. The program is in place for over 50 years now and killed our marine life because no one cared to come up with a better solution.

      But many thousand people do care and we will push forward with your help. Thank you for signing and sharing.

      http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/scd-dead-dolphin-reignites-debate/316007/

      Dead dolphin reignites debate

      By Frank Wilkie A DOLPHIN hauled dead from a shark net off Noosa National Park last week has reignited interest in the Shark Control Program and the push to reduce the accidental catch of non-target species. The dolphin, found last week, was one of 13 inadvertently caught off the Sunshine Coast this year.

    11. Reached 2,000 signatures
    12. More marine life injured at our beaches

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      Five whales entangled in shark nets this season and many more dolphins. In two weeks we will hand over our petition. Lets get 2500 supporters to make the Gold Coast mayor and Minister for Environment think twice before wasting marine lives.

      http://www.staplenews.com/home/2013/8/18/baby-humpback-whale-freed-from-shark-nets-in-australia.html

      Whale trapped in nets off Australia's coast

      Video on msnbc.com: Rescuers were called in to help a humpback whale that became entangled in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach.

    13. WHALE DAY 1st June COMING UP SOON

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      More and more people sign our petition. Good news for the whales which are now swimming up the coast of Queensland. They should have to see the shark nets for the last time. Imagine being dragged under water over and over again by a net when you try to breath and stay alive. A recent study published in Science showed that whales often die a slow death even when freed.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8emIFIgQKQg

      Whale Freed in Daring Rescue

      ANCHOR: Some good news to tell you from Australia's Gold Coast. Rescuers spent seven hours freeing a whale caught in fishing nets. Let's take a look. STORY: A humpback whale is caught in a shark net. The young mammal dragged about 200 meters of netting from its mooring off Queensland in Australia.

    14. Reached 1,500 signatures
    15. Support is growing! 200 signatures in hard copy and over 600 electronic

      HHR Humpbacks
      Petition Organizer

      Do you have friends and colleagues who care and want to help make a difference in 2013 for whales and dolphins? Please, send this petition to your contacts on Facebook (invite on http://www.facebook.com/events/171220986335854/) and your e-mail contact list.

      Lets give 1000 whales a voice by the end of this month!

      Thank you.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9664151/Humpback-whale-calf-entangled-off-coast-of-Australia.html

    16. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Angus Ogilvie AUSTRALIA
      • about 16 hours ago

      Because it has to stop

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    • Stuart Wilson MANDURAH, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      Sentient being, that have complex social structures and that are self ware should never be treated with the contempt QLD Govt are treating these beautiful creatures, what is wrong with you, where is this humanity you speak of.

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    • Alex Balaskas AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      Fuck the government

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    • Matilda Palmer AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      Because I don't like the governments values and sea animals are vulnerable creatures that need our help.

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    • heather macfarlane ROSANNA, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      The ocean needs protecting by us, not from us.

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