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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Short-tailed Shearwater Season Sustainable - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Short-tailed Shearwater Season Sustainable - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Population studies show that Tasmania’s short-tailed shearwater (muttonbird) season is scientifically based and sustainable.

Minister for Environment and Planning, Judy Jackson, refuted calls today from animal rights activists, that the two week recreational season be stopped in Tasmania because it was not sustainable.

“While the number of recreational licences has increased in recent years, evidence shows that the recreational season poses no threat to the overall population of the species which is regarded as secure.” Ms Jackson said.

“It is important to be aware that the management of the species is based on ongoing population biology studies that began in 1947, and annual population monitoring through transect counts on a number of colonies.

“The current population of the species is estimated to be in the order of 23 million, with 209 colonies known to be distributed around the coast of Tasmania and its offshore islands.

The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment supervises the annual season, in conjunction with the Parks and Wildlife Service, to ensure that the relevant regulations relating to harvesting of short-tailed shearwaters are enforced.



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