Tuesday, October 20, 2015

20/10/2015: Concern Australian marina will harm a key fish nursery

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The sheltered and sandy near-shore seagrass meadows of Mangles Bay, West Australia are considered by scientists and the Department of Fisheries to be a fish nursery of State-wide significance, Claire Negus writes for the Sound Telegraph.

Species such as king george whiting, yellowfin and western trumpeter whiting, tarwhine and sea mullet, as well as crabs, octopus, squid and other species shelter and feed in the bay's seagrass.

The WA Fishing Industry Council last week warned construction of the Mangles Bay Marina would likely destroy this crucial seagrass habitat, putting fish and crab stocks at risk.

The marina proposal, a joint venture between Cedar Woods and LandCorp, has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and State and Federal ministers and has now gone to the City of Rockingham for local government approvals.

Read the full article HERE.

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