Australia’s Queensland State authorities is getting ready to ban transhipping in the Great Barrier Reef.
Queensland Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch stated the brand new coverage will shield the Great Barrier Reef and the tens of 1000’s of jobs that depend on the Reef.
“The Reef contributes more than A$6 billion to the Australian economy and supports more than 60,000 jobs,” she stated. “Our transhipping policy recognizes the multiple pressures the Reef already faces and is a vital part of our government’s package of measures to protect it.”
The coverage was developed after 97 % of over 2,200 submissions made throughout a interval of public session known as for transhipping in the Great Barrier Reef area to be restricted in the World Heritage Area and banned in the Marine Park.
“This policy is about protecting Queensland’s precious and sensitive marine environments and minimizing cumulative impacts on the reef, by focusing marine activities in the Great Barrier Reef region to existing ports,” she stated.
The coverage isn’t anticipated to have an effect on delivery of cargo loaded in Queensland’s declared ports. “We are committed to avoiding unnecessary impacts on communities, and this is why the policy will not apply to the supply of essential services to remote communities, marine emergency response practices, the movement of cargo between vessels while docked in a port, and refuelling activities,” she stated.
Additionally, the coverage doesn’t apply to packaged or containerized items at any quantity or to bulk supplies the place the amount dealt with is beneath 100 tons per day.
The Government is at the moment creating the required laws.