Mangrove vandals hit waterways

BUNDABERG'S fish stocks are being destroyed by illegal home-built pontoons, unauthorised boat ramps and mangrove vandals, according to Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin.

Mr Mulherin said there had been a spate of prosecutions for illegal structures in marine habitats in the Wide Bay.

“In the past two years, there have been eight significant prosecutions in the Wide Bay region, with another four pending,” he said.

“These have all been in relation to mangrove destruction and/or illegal pontoons and boat ramps in declared Fish Habitat Areas.”

Mr Mulherin said the main areas of concern for the Wide Bay area were in the Susan, Burrum and Isis rivers declared fish habitat areas.



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