Shark finning given green light
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.