Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP has welcomed the limiting of opera house traps in Queensland’s freshwaters following the death of platypus in the Nerang River.
“From February 1st next year, the use of funnel and round traps, which include opera house traps, with an opening size between five and ten centimetres, will only be allowed in waters west of the Great Dividing Range and the Gore Highway and 44 listed impoundments,” he said.
“I was concerned that precious wildlife including platypus in the Nerang River were being destroyed with these lethal nets and raised the question with the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
“The Minister has responded to my question on notice today, saying amendments had been made to the Fisheries Regulation 2008 to limit the use of opera house traps.
“I’m happy that the traps will be banned from waterways where platypus are most likely to be living.
“The Minister says that to prevent traps being lost by fishers and ghost fishing, the new regulations prescribe the mandatory use of solid floats, intended to reduce the number of traps lost because of damage to other types of floats such as milk bottles.
“Other changes will include banning the use of set lines in freshwaters and requiring fishers to be within 50 metres of their fishing lines at all times.
“Often cheap fishing lines mean fishers abandon their gear in the water. These then continue to fish and have the potential to impact on fish and other animals.”