Boaties urged to slow down

FINES have been handed out to boaties who failed to heed warnings to slow down and protect Queensland's vulnerable marine life.

Environment Minister Vicky Darling said five boaties were caught ignoring Go Slow zones in the Great Sandy Marine Park, off Hervey Bay, at the weekend and were issued with $500 fines as the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers cracked down to protect turtles and dugongs.

Ms Darling said the summer floods had had a devastating effect on coastal seagrass beds, the main source of food for the animals, leaving them vulnerable to boat strike.

"Rangers will not hesitate to target those people on the water who are ignoring

go-slow areas and the fines handed out on the weekend should stand as a warning," she said.

"The go-slow regulations are there for a simple reason - going too fast can cause death or serious injury to our marine wildlife."

The go-slow areas are clearly marked on the Great Sandy Marine Park zoning map, which is available from www.derm.qld.gov.au.



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