Queensland Minister for Fisheries Mark Furner
Illegal Fishing Nets Cause Destruction Of Logan Wildlife
Victor P Taffa
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) has launched an investigation after scores of native wildlife including turtles, fish and even an eagle were found dead in illegal fishing nets in the Logan River.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the four nets were discovered by the QBFP in the river at Jimboomba.
“As many as 120 turtles, a water dragon, freshwater bullrouts and Australian bass were found dead in these nets.” Minister Furner said.
“Most of these creatures were decomposing, suggesting these nets have been there for some time.”
“Officers even found a White-bellied sea eagle that had somehow got caught in these nets and unfortunately perished.”
“Fortunately, our QBFP officers managed to free two turtles that were still alive.” Minister Furner said.
“I am appalled and sickened by these wanton acts of destruction because they cause great damage to local native wildlife populations as well as fish stocks.”
Minister Furner said the QBFP had now launched an investigation into who left the nets in the river.
“Use of these types of nets is not allowed in freshwater. Those found responsible for putting these types of nets in the river could face fines of up to $131,000.”
“I would like to thank members of the public who reported these nets using our Fishwatch hotline.” Minister Furner said.
“Queensland’s native wildlife and fisheries resources are owned by the community and everyone is responsible for ensuring they’re managed and fished sustainably for future generations.”