Marine Parks afforded no protection from coastal developments but anglers locked out
Some news in from the Recreational Fishing Alliance team. UNESCO, the UN body in charge of protecting world heritage sites, has just released a report slamming the impact massive new coal and coal seam gas export facilities will have on the Great Barrier Reef. UNESCO released their findings from their investigation into the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status and slammed the Australian government for mismanaging the Reef.
The World Heritage authority expressed 'extreme concern' about existing and future industrial expansion plans, warning the government they have eight months to lift their game before the Reef may be officially declared 'in danger.' The world's most important environmental protection body is now recommending an immediate halt to any new industrial expansion. Considering the high rate of approvals over the past 12 years, this unprecedented scale of development affecting or potentially affecting the property poses serious concerns over its long-term conservation, says the report.
It says no developments with the potential to affect the reef should continue until an overall strategic assessment of the area is completed. The report points to a 'range of unaddressed concerns' surrounding the approval and ongoing management of major liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants at Curtis Island, off the central Queensland coast.
'It does not appear that offsets that were part of the conditions for consenting developments in Gladstone Harbour and on Curtis Island are appropriate ...'. The dredging in Gladstone Harbour for the plants has been blamed by local environmentalists for the area's poor water quality and a skin disease affecting marine life.
Major findings: 'The rapid increase of coastal developments, including ports infrastructure is of significant concern'.
And yet the fishers are getting locked out, ironic isn’t!
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