Qld sur­vey finds no crocs south

The Morning Bulletin - - ON THE RECORD -

THE first stage of the most com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of Queens­land’s es­tu­ar­ine croc­o­dile pop­u­la­tion in more than a decade has been com­pleted with no croc­o­diles found south of Rock­hamp­ton.

The an­nual Queens­land Croc­o­dile Man­age­ment Up­date gives a snap­shot of gov­ern­ment ef­forts to man­age croc­o­diles over the course of a year.

Night and day­time sur­veys were car­ried out in six wa­ter­ways south of Rock­hamp­ton, all of which were out­side nor­mal croc­o­dile habi­tat.

No croc­o­diles were ob­served in these streams.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Leeanne Enoch said the up­date high­lighted cru­cial work wildlife staff had un­der­taken in the croc­o­dile pop­u­la­tion mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram, in­ves­ti­ga­tions of sight­ing re­ports, re­moval of prob­lem croc­o­diles, the Croc­wise ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign and com­pli­ance ac­tiv­i­ties un­der con­ser­va­tion laws.

“The over­all aim of the croc­o­dile mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram is to de­ter­mine the size, dis­tri­bu­tions and den­si­ties of es­tu­ar­ine croc­o­dile pop­u­la­tion in dif­fer­ent wa­ter­ways,” Ms Enoch said.

“At the end of the pro­gram, the in­for­ma­tion col­lected will be an­a­lysed to de­ter­mine how croc­o­dile pop­u­la­tions vary be­tween dif­fer­ent ar­eas, and what changes have oc­curred over time.”

Spe­cially trained wildlife of­fi­cers from the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Sci­ence (DES) sur­veyed more than 2000km of wa­ter­ways last year, the first year of the three­year pro­gram.

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