Qld survey finds no crocs south
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.