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Titleslide11/04/11 Here is an opportunity to help make a difference.

As most of you will be aware our last Minister for DPI&F was in denial with regards to our declining inshore fish stocks and we eventually stopped dealing with him, making our disappointment and indeed anger known to the Premier. As of late February we have a new fisheries minister with the ministry separated for the first time from primary industries. Whilst this is good news, we are puzzled as to why it has been lumped with Main Roads as fishing is clearly harvesting a natural resource. But apparently the Hon Craig Wallace is a keen recreational fisher and has commercial fishers as grandad and great grandad so that is a good start.

It is vital we get Minister Wallace up to speed with our concerns well before the coming state election and indeed make them an election issue. We have therefore prepared the attached summary and request action to reverse the ongoing decline. I attach this for your information. Please would you review the presentation – just 20 slides with plenty of photos, (sent in PDF format). If you agree with the basics, please would you read the attached letter, amend it, if necessary, and email it to the addresses below.  If you can spare the time to print it out and post it to the Minister so much the better.

Addresses for sending your signed letter:

To: mainroads@ministerial.qld.gov.au; Thuringowa@parliament.qld.gov.au;

cc: ThePremier@premiers.qld.gov.au; steve@stevewettenhall.com.au; cook@parliament.qld.gov.au; Peter.Burnett@environment.gov.auAlan.Hughes@environment.gov.au; Donna.Petrachenko@environment.gov.auPeter.Cochrane@environment.gov.auStephen.Oxley@environment.gov.auMark.Flanigan@environment.gov.auDeb.Callister@environment.gov.au; Bruce.Rose@environment.gov.auNigel.Routh@environment.gov.au; Lara.Musgrave@environment.gov.auJudy.West@environment.gov.au; Charlie.Zammit@environment.gov.au; John.Gunn@environment.gov.au; Barbara.Ross@environment.gov.au; sustainablefisheries@environment.gov.au; russell.reichelt@gbrmpa.gov.au;

Let’s make the time to make the difference!

Kind regards,

Dave
David Cook

Co-ordinator, Network for Sustainable Fishing in the Douglas Region
"taking a community approach"

For more about our need for better inshore fisheries management, see:

http://www.ffc.org.au/Declining_fish_populations_GBRMP_inshore_waters.html; &

http://www.ffc.org.au/Grey_Mackerel.html#latest;

 

117/05/10 - Please email now! - Copy, paste and adapt the following from a FFC member, and send to: dpi@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Dear Minister, As a concerned Australian I call on the minister to become aware of, and take urgent action, regarding the targeting of spawning aggregations of Grey Mackerel off the Northern Queensland coast.

The Grey mackerel (Scomberomorus semifasciatus) is endemic to only a small area including the inshore waters of North Australia. Ignoring a local pro fisherman's reported 'gentlemans agreement' to not target the annual aggregations with nets, large boats from 'offshore' fisheries are targeting these schools with heavy winch haul net gear reportedly wiping out whole schools before they have the chance to spawn.

I call for a moratorium to be called on the targeting of Grey Mackerel spawning aggregations by netting, effective immediately.

Action must be taken to protect this species and others from indiscriminate or damaging fishing practices such as haul netting. The decimation of a species could happen in the shadow of the World Heritage listed Daintree region and it would be on your watch, Minister.

You can learn more about the issue at the Fishers For Conservation site: http://www.ffc.org.au/Grey_Mackerel.html. Thankyou for your attention and action regarding this important issue.

Sincerely,

Thurs 25 March 2010 Pls note the last two weeks’ coverage by the Gazette on our fishery issues.

Time running out to save grey mackerel stocks Fisheries fight goes on

Sadly it is now too late for our recently commenced co- (read compromise) management meetings, rhetoric aside, we do need net free areas to allow inshore fish stocks to begin their recovery. Please do read the articles above and do take appropriate action, e.g. just drop a quick email to Peter Garrett’s staffer, enquiries@petergarrett.com.au and jim.turnour.mp@aph.gov.au and Jason O’Brien at Cook@parliament.qld.gov.au. Also please do txt the editor of the Gazette to lend your support for closing the area to out of town netting, they are asking for a txt response on 0421 269 100.

It is indeed a matter for Peter Garrett as he is just paying lip service to implement the requirements of the EPBC Act 1999, no way is this fishery sustainable. We are suffering because of the inaction of the authorities whilst there is a real possibility permanent damage is being done to those other inshore species which, like the grey mackerel, aggregate in easily netted inshore waters that can be fished throughout their spawning season by numerous “offshore” netters.

Truly appalling and unforgiveable mismanagement of our inshore stocks.

And that is before we consider the unreported dugong and turtle by-catch.

 

10/05/07 - Proposed Spencer Gulf Desalination Plant

Read background on this issue here. Please feel free to add you own text to the outlines you can download here (rich text format, suitable to be opened in Word or other word processing programs) and please send to the relevant ministers adding your details (including address for reply), printing out and mailing or cutting and pasting into an email. Thankyou - your voice is important.

Letter to: Mike Rann Gail Gago Rory McEwan Patrick Conlan

29/4/07 - Grey Mackerel update

Read the reply to previous correspondance - page 1 - page 2

Two alternative answers to Minister Mulherin, copied to Mark Lighthowler of DPI&F and local MP, Jason O'Brien.

Short letter

Long letter

Basically the longer one goes into a bit of detail and questions the logic of basing management measures on a doubtful belief and unproven assumption. The second letter takes a down to earth approach and is shorter.

Both letters press for a closure of the Grey mackerel gill net fishery in local inshore waters of Douglas Shire.

Please do circulate the letter to others on your mailing lists and encourage those interested in locally sustainable systems ...or even catching the occasional fish, to do the same. The ban will come eventually- they can only fight common sense for so long. If we all do our bit it may not be too late to save our local stocks from being wiped out.

11/10/06 Call for a moritorium on Gill netting of Grey Mackerel spawning aggregations.:

Background: FFC Grey Mackerel page

Click here to send an email to the Minister- cut and paste the text below and add your name to the bottom, if you have time personalise your letter for increased effectiveness.

Dear Minister,

As a recreational fisher and concerned Australian I call on the minister to become aware of, and take urgent action, regarding the targeting of spawning aggregations of Grey Mackerel off the Northern Queensland coast.

The Grey mackerel (Scomberomorus semifasciatus) is endemic to only a small area including the inshore waters of North Australia.

Ignoring a local pro fisherman's reported 'gentlemans agreement' to not target the annual aggregations with nets, large boats from 'offshore' fisheries are targeting these schools with heavy winch haul net gear reportedly wiping out whole schools before they have the chance to spawn.

I call for a moratorium to be called on the targeting of Grey Mackerel spawning aggregations by netting, effective immediately. Action must be taken to protect this species and others from indiscriminate or damaging fishing practices such as haul netting.

The decimation of a species could happen in the shadow of the World Heritage listed Daintree region and it would be on your watch, Minister.

You can learn more about the issue at the Fishers For Conservation site: http://www.ffc.org.au/Grey_Mackerel.html.

Thankyou for your attention and action regarding this important issue.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME HERE

Write to: Tom Mulherin, QLD Minister Dept. of Primary Industries and Fisheries

Email : dpi@ministerial.qld.gov.au

cc: premiers@ministerial.qld.gov.au, EandM@ministerial.qld.gov.au

(Premier Peter Beattie and Lindel Nelson-Carr, Minister for Environment and Multiculturalism)

Tom Mulherin: 8th Floor Primary Industries Building 80 Ann Street BRISBANE QLD, 4000
Postal : GPO Box 46, 4001

DPI Queensland apparently use the term “off-shore” to describe waters over 2 metres at low tide, internationally it is usually taken as at least 3 nautical miles from the shoreline.

 

 

 

01/06/06 Nomination of Orange Roughy as a Threatened species under the EPBC act

Update 10/11/06 - Orange Roughy is now listed as 'conservation dependant' under the EPBC act - Thankyou to all FFC members who supported the threatened species nomination by sending emails to the minister

Background: FFC Factsheet on Orange Roughy fishery in the Great Australian Bight with update regarding EPBC nomination

Write to:
 senator.ian.campbell@aph.gov.au
cc. epbc.nominations@deh.gov.au
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

In your email:

Register your support for the nomination of Hoplostethus atlanticus (Orange Roughy) as endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Call on the Minister to accept the advice of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee and approve the nomination.

Point out that the minister is lagging well behind the established timeline his department has set out for assessing nominations under the EPBC act.

Use the Background in this Factsheet and associated resources to make clear the importance of protecting this fish from further exploitation.

 

Two important reasons why Orange Roughy Should be listed as endangered under the EPBC act

1. Severe reduction in numbers - Orange Roughy have suffered massive reductions in numbers since fishing for this species commenced. All known stocks are overexploited and the fish is commercially extinct in some locations. The life history of this fish means that populations have no chance of recovering if intensive fishing is not stopped.

2. Habitat protection - Listing of this species will stop targeted fishing for Orange Roughy in Australian waters. Orange Roughy is targeted at spawning aggregations over seamounts using trawl nets - this has a devastating effect upon seamount habitat. Removing the legal right to target this species will go some way to protecting sensitive seamounts - habitat that is important to many other species.