Topic

marine conservation

10 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Leeanne Enoch, Hon Mark Furner, Hon 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  Leeanne Enoch MP - 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
9,021 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Hon. Mark Furner, MP

Stop whale entanglement

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 (https://www.humpbacksandhighrises.org/HW_behaviour.pdf) has confirmed that humpback whales use the Gold Coast as a resting area during their southern migration. Recent surveys show an increase of calving. In particular mothers and calves were found to spend hours or days on the surface to rest with their calves near the shore. Every year more whales and dolphins are being caught, injured and even killed in shark nets that are set 500 m offshore in attempt to kill large sharks. We have studied which nets catch most whales and dolphins and that we can stop a large number of horrible entanglements by lifting the nets for only a few weeks and still ensure safety for swimmers by replacing them with modern and better technology. We need your signature, your support. Every day we grow stronger building a community that respects the ocean and life. Join our facebook community  http://www.facebook.com/HumpbacksandHighrises More infos on shark nets from the government here.  An entanglement in a shark net can be viewed here. Alternative to shark nets: plastic nets, drones, tagging, shark spotters, enclosed beaches and in development: sonar barriers, electromagnetic fences. Thank you for supporting marine life.

HHR Humpbacks
7,911 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

Save Australias Marine Sanctuaries from cutbacks

Did you know Australia has the second largest area of marine protected waters in the world. Unfortunately we have some #BreakingNews (I'm devastated)The Australian Government's push to have marine park protections rolled back has just passed in the senate, 34-28.How barbaric, it's 2018. A time where our oceans need protection more than ever, the Australian government continues its pathetic modern day environmental track record. The move will end the highest-level protections for some sensitive marine areas, including critical waters near Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. How can we continue to exploit this magical place and its surroundings?!!This will open up an area to long line fishing, super trawlers, gillnetting, long lining and greenlight more IUU vessels to come into the area. Marine life of all kinds will suffer as a result. Ecosystems will suffer, fisheries will be strained or collapse.Senators from Labor and the Greens voted for marine protections. The senators from the current government and minorities voted against marine protections.I urge you to contact those Senators who voted against protecting marine parks and remind them our oceans need protecting. Less than a fortnight until this is permanent. It's not too late to start fighting for our sanctuaries and marine protection!   Sanctuaries are the heart of a marine park, protecting vulnerable marine life. They provide a safe haven for breeding fish and a healthy feeding ground for our fragile sea life like whales, dolphins, sea lions, turtles and dugongs. And allow coral to grow and flourish. The Coral Sea, Lord Howe Island, Great Barrier Reef, Great Australian Bight, Bremer ,Kimberley - we can’t risk these special places being left without protection. It’s not just marine life that benefits. Sanctuaries support tourism, local business and world-class fishing. Oxygen - Scientists agree that there’s oxygen from ocean plants in every breath we take. Most of this oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants – called phytoplankton – that live near the water’s surface and drift with the currents. Like all plants, they photosynthesize – that is, they use sunlight and carbon dioxide to make food. A byproduct of photosynthesis is oxygen.  Scientists believe that phytoplankton contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere. Is that not enough fot the government to realise the importance of protecting our marine sanctuaries and keeping them healthy?. There is strong support for our network of sanctuaries, with more than ten years of scientific evidence and more than 750,000 submissions from people speaking out in support of sanctuaries.  The Government said their Review would be based on "science" – however how long after will they let oil and gas exploration sneak in to our sanctuaries?! Be a voice for the voiceless. Our sharks, fish, whales, dolphins and sea lions need you too. We need to save our seas! For more information copy this link into your browser https://ecoceanic.com/pages/save-australias-marine-sanctuaries Art - @Thecalm1

Ecoceanic Swim
764 supporters