Topic

marine conservation

6 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Hon Dr Steven Miles, Hon William (Bill) Byrne, Annastacia Palaszczuk

STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !

IT’S TIME to end damaging commercial netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park! The Great Sandy Marine Park is THE ONLY Marine Park that allows commercial netting in what “should be” TRUE YELLOW CONSERVATION ZONE AREAS! Ending damaging commercial netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park – which has already been tentatively listed as a World Heritage Area, will bring a much needed boost to an environment deserving of proper marine protection. Using commercial nets to: Target spawning aggregations MUST BE STOPPED Target bream, whiting and flathead in conservation park yellow zones MUST BE STOPPED Target top level predators like mackerel , trevally, barramundi , threadfin salmon and shark MUST BE STOPPED Target low food value but high recreational fishing value fish like Golden Trevally, Snub nosed dart ( Permit ) , Queenfish, Giant Herring etc. MUST BE STOPPED Incidentally catch dugongs and marine turtles is definitely MUST BE STOPPED  NOTE - The Great Sandy Designated Area incorporates areas of conservation park zones in :- Baffle Creek & tributaries The Elliott River & tributaries The Burrum River & tributaries The Mary River & tributaries The Great Sandy Strait and Tin Can Bay Inlet Sign this PETITION to request Dr Steven Miles - Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef and the Palaszczuk State Government to commit to ending destructive commercial netting operations in the Great Sandy Marine Park and adjacent waterways under the current full term 10 year review to restore fish stocks and help protect the Queensland urban coast’s largest dugong population.

Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance Inc
4,658 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Dick Persson AM, Gabrielle Upton MP, Melinda Pavey MP, Gladys Berejiklian MP

Save Manly's marine conservation aquarium facility

Please restore the aquarium building at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and keep this site as conservation facility with a focus on the marine environment and conservation. The aquarium at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary was built in 1965 and has a rich history for locals and visitors alike. It is a much loved icon of Manly and operated under various names including Manly Marineland, Oceanworld Manly and more recently since 2011, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Both the aquarium and the fantastic team at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary have played a huge role in the SEA LIFE values of Breed, Rescue and Protect including various grey nurse shark and turtle rescue releases, multiple beach cleans and the driving influence behind Sustainable Organisations of Manly (SO Manly). Through this facility, many people have learned about the wonderful local treasures we have in Manly and Australia. This interaction and experience has enabled people to go forward and make positive changes in the marine environment around the world. Many children in the local community and abroad have learned about the ocean in this place. Couples have dived here and proposed marriage. Children have hosted birthday parties here. Each year the Manly Environment Centre Eco Awards are held here. Conservation documentary movie nights are run here. SO Manly was founded here based on the model of the world-renowned, Monterrey Bay Aquarium, with dedication to sustainable community projects. This site is highly significant as it holds social, cultural and environmental values. We ask that the building owner works with a suitable future leaseholder, to restore the facility and education centre. Please ensure that it retains its dedication to the marine environment, which is so important for Manly and Sydney residents and visitors from around the world.

Alicia Lloyd
178 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to MP Nick Smith

Discourage the use of Single Use Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are cheap to produce but expensive to clean from the environment, we are now at the point where hundreds of thousands of animals and their habitats including our own are getting infected with plastic. Marine life is the most horrific, where fish are getting entangled with bags and attempting to digest as bags in water mimic the appearance of other sea water animals like the jelly fish. This is the expense that money won't fix, we must be the change we want to see. It starts with the people. If you help impose a levy on all single use plastic bags, our consumption will go down. Hundreds of countries across the globe as above have shown promising results.  Hundreds of countries across the globe as above have shown promising results. Ireland introduced a €0.15 tax in March 2002. They levied on consumers at the point of sale, this led to 90% of consumers using long-life bags within a year. The tax was increased to €0.22 in 2007. The revenue is put into an Environment Fund.  - In Washington, the District of Columbia imposed a 5 cent tax on all plastic bags. In 5 years the revenue was over NZD $13.5 million dollars. It's also important to note that the population District of Columbia is only a fraction of New Zealand's. Annually DC has been raising nearly 2 million USD from the plastic bag taxes.  - Ireland introduced a €0.15 tax in March 2002. They levied on consumers at the point of sale, this led to 90% of consumers using long-life bags within a year. The tax was increased to €0.22 in 2007. The revenue is put into an Environment Fund.  - In Wales, since 1 October 2011, there has been a minimum charge of 5p on all plastic bags (including paper bags). The charge was introduced to dramatically reduce the number of carrier bags used in Wales. The charge affects all retailers in Wales. By July 2012, evidence showed the number of plastic bags given away by shops had fallen by up to 96%. - Scotland applied a national 5p charge on all bags used in store or online. Within the first year, retailers showed that single-use carrier bag usage had fallen by more than 80% since the charge was introduced on 20 October 2014. Scotland’s last reported annual consumer usage figures released by the BBC prior to the charge coming into effect was approx 750 million bags used per year. We have been taking this beautiful piece of land that we've named New Zealand for granted for 200 hundred years, it's time we recognise our negative impacts on our environment. This is going to be the home for generations of people, our wildlife, we need to preserve our home. We want the New Zealand Government to impose a 15c tax placed on all plastic bags sold. For this levy to be effective, we must act on this issue - instead of simply talking about it. - Tessa Wink, Serah Sali and Ailie McDonald. Whanganui High School

Tessa Wink
90 supporters