Conservationists, Divers, Scientists and Marine Educators today met with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to discuss protecting Moreton Bay Marine Parks outstanding threatened marine wildife and fish stocks.
The meeting represents the last in a series (of meetings) that the EPA has been having with Moreton Bay stakeholders including fishing interests and tourism operators.
Craig Bohm from the Australian Marine Conservation Society said, "Our informal alliance reminded the EPA that scientists, divers and educators are calling for better protection of Moreton Bay. With less than 1% fully protected there is a long way to go if we want to secure the future of the Bay. Scientists are telling Governments across the globe that we need to protect 20-50% of places like Moreton Bay in green zones if we are to secure their future. What the EPA has proposed in its Areas of Interest is a good start (if they were all made green zones), but clearly the agency must go further".
Simon Baltais from the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland said, "We expect practical scientific principles to be applied by the EPA. With growing population and use pressures, Moreton Bay needs high levels of protection to secure its future if people are to continue to enjoy the Bay's many values."
Craig Bohm - 07 3393 5811