Submissions are now open: Help create one of the world’s largest havens for Australia’s dugongs.
Breaking news - the Queensland Government has just opened up submissions to the public to have their say on fishing practices and legislation in the region! This is a rare opportunity to have a say on the future of the remarkable marine wildlife that call those waters home.
The northern Great Barrier Reef is an incredible underwater ecosystem and home to one of the largest dugong populations in the world, where these gentle giants feed on rich seagrass meadows.
But there’s a deadly catch.
Dugongs are being threatened by commercial gill net fishing in their critical habitat. These deadly nets hang like lethal curtains across the seabed, where vulnerable marine wildlife can get entangled and drown within minutes.
This method of fishing is unsustainable in the pristine waters of the northern Great Barrier Reef and must be stopped. Help us petition the Queensland Government to change legislation and create a Net-Free North.
Last year, our amazing supporters helped remove one of the last commercial gill nets from this important dugong habitat. But there are still 240 active gill net licences held along Queensland's east coast that can move in and start fishing in this precious area.
The good news is - we have a rare opportunity to make a difference! The Queensland Government is currently undertaking a review of fishing practices and they’re letting the public have a say.
Simply fill out the form and we’ll make the formal submission to the review on your behalf.
This is a chance for us to create one of the world’s largest dugong havens and largest net-free zone on the Great Barrier Reef - an 85,000 km2 refuge for dugongs and other precious marine wildlife to flourish.
We need as many voices as possible. The more messages we send, the harder this issue is to ignore.
Together, we can create a #NetFreeNorth.
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