Threatened Species Day
7 September 2016
On Threatened Species Day, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston has highlighted the positive difference that is made when industry, scientists and regulators work together to protect threatened species.
Threatened Species Day is a national day held annually on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936.
It is a day to reflect on what has happened in the past and how we can actively work together to protect our threatened species for future generations.
Using the Australian sea lion a case in point, Minister Ruston said that the Management Strategy introduced in 2010 is a success story worth celebrating.
"The adaptive management action within the Strategy, such as spatial closures around breeding colonies and one hundred percent monitoring of all Commonwealth gillnet fishing adjacent to South Australia, has reduced Australian sea lion mortalities so much that they are now a rare event," Minister Ruston said.
"In addition, providing fishers with the flexibility to catch target species such as gummy shark with hooks instead of gillnets near sea lion colonies has allowed operators to continue to fish while protecting these important marine animals."
Minister Ruston used Threatened Species Day as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that the Commonwealth fisheries have strong measures in place to ensure fishing of our marine resources is sustainable and does not threaten the survival or recovery of threatened species.
More information about the work that is being done in Commonwealth fisheries to reduce the risk of interactions with threatened species can be found at afma.gov.au.