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Monday, 18 August 2003
Page: 18669

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the impact of sea cage fish farms in Moreton Bay.

Sea cage fish farms will significantly increase level of nutrients into the bay derived from excess feed, faeces, dead fish, operational pollution and cage cleaning;

Increase the risk of algal blooms;

Contribute to lowering dissolved oxygen in the water which leads to the death of marine life;

Place at risk the wild populations of fish, bird and flora species through introduced diseases, genetically modified breeding stock and pollution plumes;

Require the use of tetracycline and formalin as medication in the feed and anti-fouling agents to clean cages, the long-term environmental effects of which are not known;

Create a blight on the visual amenity of Moreton Bay significantly affecting the tourist potential of Moreton Bay;

Compromise the millions of dollars that has been invested to date to remove nitrogen from Moreton Bay to protect the fragile ecosystem.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to immediately enact legislation that will prevent the establishment of sea cage fish farms in Moreton Bay.

by Mr Sciacca (from 33 citizens)