New legislation to protect and manage marine mammals in Queensland
New legislation for the conservation and management of marine mammals in Queensland has been released.
The new legislation was prepared by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection after consideration of submissions received from three rounds of public consultation.
Key topics addressed by the new legislation include:
- Allowing commercial whale watching to occur in state waters that are outside of marine parks.
- Amending marine mammal approach distances for vessels and aircraft to reflect national guidelines.
- Simplifying the declaration process for areas of special management and special management whales and dolphins, and introducing special management provisions for dugongs.
- Providing a framework for dolphin feeding to continue at Tin Can Bay.
The new legislation replaces the former Nature Conservation (Whales and Dolphins) Conservation Plan 1997 and Nature Conservation (Dugong) Conservation Plan 1999, and brings those provisions into the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006.