Tell the WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly to take action on Australia Sea Lion bycatch

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Australian sea lions are considered the most endangered sea lion species in the world. 

Although currently listed as Vulnerable under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), the Threatened Species Scientific Committee is currently considering the species in a higher risk category due to ongoing declines in population numbers. The situation is particularly precarious in WA, where only an estimated 2,000 sea lions remain in small and isolated colonies. As a species found only in Australia it is essential that action is taken to stem their decline.

The WA Government has been required to undertake significant work to protect this species but has failed for a decade to take the necessary steps to actively reduce the number of fishing-related mortalities of the species.  It is now imperative that WA implement gillnet exclusion zones to protect foraging Australian sea lions, and reduce their bycatch in their shark fishery.

The gillnet exclusion zones must extend at least 20 kilometres around each Australian sea lion colony in Western Australia ensuring no fishing occurs in these areas, thereby reducing the number of interactions and mortalities caused by fishing.

Western Australia has until the 30th June to confirm that they will enforce the gillnet enclosure zones, which are a federally imposed condition on the Western Australian West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Managed fishery.

These closures are now a matter of urgency and we need your help to ensure that the WA Government meet their deadline and finally take this essential action to protect Australian sea lions.

Help us convince the WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly that gillnet exclusion zones are vital for the conservation of Australian sea lions and that their implementation needs to happen now.

TAKE ACTION: Tell West Australia’s Fisheries Minister, the Hon Dave Kelly MLA, that gillnet enclosure zones are vital for the conservation of Australian sea lions. WA must be firm and take immediate action to reduce Australian sea lion bycatch in the Western Australian demersal gillnet fishery.



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Hon Dave Kelly MLA, as you know, gillnet enclosure zones are vital for the survival of Australian Sea Lions. Immediate action is necessary in order to reduce Australian sea lion bycatch and this cruelty which it is causing in the Western Australian demersal gillnet fishery!

Dear Minister Kelly,

I urge you to implement an effective network of gillnet exclusion zones in the Western Australian West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Managed fishery to protect foraging Australian sea lions by no later than 30th June 2018.

The situation for Australian sea lions continues to be bleak, with the Western Australian demersal gillnet fishery a big contributor to the species’ ongoing declines. Only an estimated 2,000 sea lions remain in WA in small and isolated colonies.

It is now time for the WA Government to take action to help protect the Australian sea lion against the threats posed by fishing.

The WA Government can help play an important role in ensuring the conservation of these magnificent animals through the implementation of 20 kilometre gillnet exclusion zones around each Australian sea lion colony in Western Australia. After 10 years of inaction by previous WA governments, we urge you to take the position that conservation efforts for this species are urgently needed, and the mitigation measure of gillnet exclusion zones, as prescribed by the federally imposed condition on the fishery, need to be implemented and enforced urgently.

The survival of the Australian sea lions in Western Australia remains at stake unless you take the necessary steps to actively reduce the number of Australian sea lion fishing-related mortalities.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter.

Yours sincerely,

Michelle Hayward
UK

Dear Minister Kelly,
I urge you to implement an effective network of gillnet exclusion zones in the Western Australian West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Managed fishery to protect foraging Australian sea lions by no later than 30th June 2018.
The situation for Australian sea lions continues to be bleak, with the Western Australian demersal gillnet fishery a big contributor to the species’ ongoing declines. Only an estimated 2,000 sea lions remain in WA in small and isolated colonies.
It is now time for the WA Government to take action to help protect the Australian sea lion against the threats posed by fishing.
The WA Government can help play an important role in ensuring the conservation of these magnificent animals through the implementation of 20 kilometre gillnet exclusion zones around each Australian sea lion colony in Western Australia. After 10 years of inaction by previous WA governments, we urge you to take the position that conservation efforts for this species are urgently needed, and the mitigation measure of gillnet exclusion zones, as prescribed by the federally imposed condition on the fishery, need to be implemented and enforced urgently.
The survival of the Australian sea lions in Western Australia remains at stake unless you take the necessary steps to actively reduce the number of Australian sea lion fishing-related mortalities.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter.
Additional Comments

Yours sincerely,
Fédérique Rautureau

Please do everything you can to ensure the safety of our marine mammals. These sea animals get caught up in the deadly gillnets in the oceans and the poor animals cannot free themselves of these horrible traps and they drown. This is unnecessary and inexcusable and unacceptable.

Dear Sirs : I’m writing to tell West Australia’s Fisheries Minister, the Hon Dave Kelly MLA, that gillnet enclosure zones are vital for the conservation of Australian sea lions. WA must be firm and take immediate action to reduce Australian sea lion bycatch in the Western Australian demersal gillnet fishery.
Sincerely
Nathalie VANGERMEZ
FRANCE

Gillnet enclosure zones are vital for the conservation of Australian sea lions. WA must be firm and take immediate action to reduce Australian sea lion bycatch in the Western Australian demersal gillnet fishery.

Gillnet enclosure zones are vital for the conservation of Australian sea lions. WA must be firm and take immediate action to reduce Australian sea lion bycatch in the Western Australian demersal gillnet fishery.

Although I don’t live near this area, I am still very concerned about the welfare of our sea life around the country.

To the WA Fisheries Minister – How could this have gone on for 10 years with no action? It’s a tragedy – we need to protect our wildlife NOW – how sad a world if the next generations never have these amazing creatures sharing it with them. How awful to think the governments of here and now allowed this to happen and would forever be to blame for inaction – think about it – this decision now affects so much more in future years. Bring in the laws to protect the Australian Sea Lion or forever be guilty of their demise.

please take urgent action – we don’t want yet another species to become extinct because you, the minister failed to act.

Dear Minister Kelly,
Please act swiftly to prevent animals dying as by catch. Fishing needs to be well regulated and protection zones need to be created if we are to reduce the already high toll on animals caught up in hill nets.
Regards,
Marion Ferguson

It is about time our elected Government put more time into protecting our environment in general, instead of allowing The Mighty Dollar to continually rule their decisions. And reinforce this by increasing penalties when matters go to Court to finance both the protection AND preserving our magnificent Natural world which is being rapidly destroyed.
The ongoing lack of positive, humane action by our Federal and State Politicians is shameful. DO SOMETHING, PLEASE !

These sea-lions are a unique Australian species. It is a HUGE privileged to have such a wonderful variety of amazing wildlife. Yet, Australia has an appalling record of birds and animals becoming vulnerable, threatened… and, finally, extinct. As a first-world country, we have a duty and responsibility to preserve our amazing wildlife and protect their habitat. Our elected members must act to conserve this unique heritage.

Therefore, I request and urge you to implement an effective network of gillnet exclusion zones in the Western Australian West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Managed fishery to protect foraging Australian sea lions by no later than 30th June 2018.

I am taking this action in memory of the late Doug Coughran, a Wildlife Officer with DPAW (now DBCA) who specialised in working with marine mammals and finding ways for fisheries to minimise bycatch of these animals. Please remember his work by moving this matter forward.

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