Survey to find...
THERE is something in the water at the Cooloola Coast - lots of things, apparently.
Fisheries Queensland scientist Mary Lawrence, backed by principal scientist John Breumer, yesterday addressed Gympie Regional Council on a State Government survey of "instream structures" which may affect water quality and the quality of the fishery in the Great Sandy Strait.
Mrs Lawrence told councillors their survey would involve Fraser Coast and Gympie Regional Councils, the Burnett Mary regional Group, Wetland Care, Defence, Ocean Watch and the Department of Environment and Resource Management, all of which had a stake in the survey results.
"We might think a boat wreck should be removed, but others might say it is good for fishing," she said, on behalf of her own department, the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.
The survey project involves "mapping, assessing and prioritising instream structures (for example road crossings, weirs, boat ramps, moorings, pontoons and revetments) impacting on fish habitats and wetlands in the Ramsar site and five declared fish habitats in the Great Sandy Strait region," she told councillors in an introductory letter. Recommendations could include removal of some items.