LETTERS: ‘Why is it we think the ocean is a bottomless pit?’
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
'The illegal collecting of coral'
Was at a local boat ramp recently when I heard somebody asked how their trip was.
To my surprise, the answer was "we were only getting some water and corals for our tank".
On some checking I found that this was highly illegal. You are allowed to collect five fish for your personal aquarium.
You are not allowed to sell or collect for other people.
You are definitely not allowed to collect coral or rock from the ocean.
Asking around I found out this was not an isolated incident.
Why is it that we think the ocean is a bottomless pit, yet on land there are all kinds of restrictions on collecting native flora and fauna.
There are licenced collectors, who farm the coral beds etc. in a sustainable manner and pay big dollars for the privilege.
The Keppels have been farmed in this manner for more than 60 years, sadly I think if the average person is let loose.
The untrained technique they use will probably do more harm in a few years to fragile environment than 60 years of collection.
The State Government needs to close the loop hole and say no collection of anything except water unless licenced, the same as land based flora and fauna.
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