The Great Sandy Marine Park
is the only marine park in Australia, possibly the world, that allows commercial gill netting with in the conservation zones.
The Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance's goal is to have this anomaly corrected!
Not only is this in a World heritage listed area, it is a declared RAMSAR Site as well as its recents declaration in the great Sandy Biosphere, a dugong protection area and a major turtle ecosystem
Whales are caught in nets along the east coast of Australia each year. It is impossible to justify nets being allowed to be used in the whale watching capital of the world
In the Fraser Coast region, catch rates for anglers have dropped from 7.8 fish landed per person per trip in 1986 to 0.81 fish per person per trip in 2003. This is the most current research but concerns are that this decrease continues today.
The Fraser Coast is unique
It is home to globally iconic sports fish such as the barramundi, threadfin salmon, permit (snub nosed dart), bonefish, golden trevally and snapper, which will attract visitors if their numbers can be allowed to rebuild
STOP NETTING IN THE MARINE PARK CONSERVATION ZONES!
The Great Sandy Marine Park is the ONLY marine park that allows this abomination of commercial netting in yellow Conservation Zones and it is an anomaly that MUST BE CORRECTED.