Hundreds share thoughts on fish habitat area proposal
THE second and final round of consultation for the proposed fish habitat area at the Calliope River closed yesterday.
More than 450 submissions were received by the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing for the central Queensland FHA Investigations Program, which includes the Calliope proposal.
The submissions will be analysed and considered by the department before making a final decision.
If the proposal is given the go ahead, a 7.5km stretch of the river will be closed to any future development.
Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Dr Steven Miles said there were 70 declared fish habitat areas in Queensland which protect areas like mangroves, salt marsh and seagrass.
"Declared fish habitat areas provide long-term protection for fish habitats. They play an important role in the protection of our Great Barrier Reef by minimising coastal development which can lead to a loss of habitat and decline in water quality."
The Calliope River was selected because of its populations of juvenile barramundi, bream, mullet and banana prawn.