Shark finning given green light

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

SHARK finning has been given the green light to con­tinue in Queens­land coastal wa­ters and sharks will be al­lowed to be hunted for their fins un­abated for the next three years.

The Min­is­ter for Sus­tain­abil­ity, En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter, Pop­u­la­tion and Com­mu­ni­ties,Tony Burke, who is re­spon­si­ble for the de­ci­sion, said that the Queens­land East Coast In­shore Fin Fish Fish­ery would be al­lowed to con­tinue un­til the next re­view in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Founder of Tan­garoa Blue and tire­less cam­paigner for the wel­fare of ma­rine an­i­mals and their en­vi­ron­ment Heidi Tay­lor was shocked at the de­ci­sion.

“Once again sharks have not been given the ab­so­lute pro­tec­tion that they de­serve and need to main­tain a healthy pop­u­la­tion, and as the apex preda­tor this is vi­tal for the health of the rest of the ma­rine ecosys­tem,” Mrs Tay­lor said.

“This de­ci­sion only re­in­forces the lack of real un­der­stand­ing of how Queens­land’s ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment needs to be pro­tected.”

The Queens­land East Coast In­shore Fin Fish Fish­ery has been de­clared as an ap­proved wildlife trade op­er­a­tion un­der na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal law for the next three years. This de­ci­sion will al­low ex­port from the fish­ery to con­tinue un­til Fe­bru­ary 2015, when the fish­ery will again be sub­ject to re­view un­der na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal law.

The de­ci­sion was in­formed by a rig­or­ous as­sess­ment process which in­cluded pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion with a wide range of stake­hold­ers, ac­cord­ing to Mr Burke.

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