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State controls on aquaculture overdue: but enforcement still inadequate.



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Senator Andrew Bartlett Senator for Queensland Australian Democrats spokesperson for Environment

Press Release Dated: 26 May 2000 Press Release Number: 00/293 Portfolio: Environment 

State controls on aquaculture overdue - but enforcement still inadequate The Australian Democrats have welcomed proposals for new state controls on aquaculture farms, but say the main problem is enforcement.

Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett, the Australian Democrats’ environment spokesperson, has urged the Queensland Government to strengthen enforcement of breaches.

“The Queensland Government is finally acting because the Federal Government was threatening to step in to stop the unregulated development of inappropriate aquaculture facilities,” said Senator Bartlett.

“The Queensland Government has little credibility on this issue because of its failure to enforce existing regulations and its approval of the Armstrong Beach project without a proper public environmental assessment,” said Senator Bartlett.

For several years, a farm north of Cardwell bordering a national park had continued to discharge untreated waste into a creek in contravention of its license despite repeated Government inspections.

“It is common sense that proposed and existing prawn farms should have to submit to environmental assessments and respect limits on waste discharged into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

“An unregulated aquaculture industry would damage the heritage-listed Reef and, in the long run, hurt other fishing and tourism industries.

“We have to ensure that aquaculture developments are environmentally sound using the latest technology and that thorough assessments are done before any approvals are given,” said Senator Bartlett.

“Badly managed aquaculture developments harm the Great Barrier Reef

and create algae blooms which cause toxins to enter the food chain.

“Protecting the Great Barrier Reef is not just about protecting a World Heritage Area, it is about preserving one of Queensland’s most valuable economic assets,” concluded Senator Bartlett.

The proposed regulations are contained in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Discussion Paper that was released for public comment yesterday.

 

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