fiona.png
spreads (20).gif

Good urchins being killed at Montague


Over the past few weeks, there's been a welcome discussion about the impact of high numbers of sea urchins on the marine environment. A disappointing development though is that there are reports that some people are going out to Montague Island to kill urchins with garden tools and screwdrivers.

This should not be happening, for various reasons:

. Any action HAS to be science-based if it is to have any useful impact;

. Indiscriminate killing of any wildlife is wrong;

. It's illegal to take more than 10 urchins;

There are several species of urchin on the south coast, only one of which is creating barrens


BAD URCHINS: Is this the future for the rocky reefs off the South Coast of NSW? Urchin barrens are bad for the environment, bad for the abalone and urchin fisheries and bad for fishing. But the state government is doing nothing about this problem.

(Photo below is a photo of a GOD URCHIN: Heliocidaris, a non-problem genus).


Photos: Nature Coast Marine Group

#Community #latest #Weekly

COMMENTS : Due to the risks associated with comments from unidentified contributors that expose The Beagle to possible legal actions under the NSW Defamation Act 2005 No 77 anonymous or Nom de Plume comments will not be available unless the author is known to the editor by way of a verified email address or by association.

Others who provide their REAL NAME (first name AND Surname) and a verifiable email address (it won't be published) are invited to comment below. (yes it is a pain but please comply - it would be a  shame to see your comment deleted)

Those contributors KNOWN to us and verified may continue to use their First Name or Nom de plume for ease. The primary need for all of this is due to traceability should a legal action arise.

If you need anonymity email us via our normal or encrypted email accounts


Please note that if you are looking for a previous comment that is no longer visible please contact us.