Urgent Comments required to assist giant kelp forest protection
23 January 2012
A 2009 Humane Society International (HSI) nomination saw the ' Giant Kelp Forests of the East and South Coasts of Tasmania' ecological community prioritised for assessment to be listed as endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999 (EPBC Act).
Three years down the track, the nomination bears the amended title of ' Giant Kelp Forests of South East Australia' and the listing process is now in the crucial public comment period prior to the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) providing advice to Minister Burke on the 31st of March.
Click here for the draft description up for comment and a copy of HSI' s original nomination, as well as further instructions on the invitation to comment. Nb. Although it is stated that the public comment period closed on the 18th of January, HSI has been informed that any comments submitted before the end of the month will be accepted.
Lengthy comments are by no means a requirement; a simple statement of your endorsement of the proposed draft description of the ecological community provides much assistance and helps in showing the Minister there is support behind giving the ecological community the recognition and legal protection it deserves through an EPBC Act listing.
BY 29thOF FEBRUARY, 2012.
We kindly ask that you help HSI by submitting a comment on the draft description of the Giant Kelp Forests of South East Australia.
The draft description differs slightly to that originally proposed by HSI, primarily due to a revised classification of Macrocystis into a one-species genus on the basis of research unpublished at the time the nomination was prepared. HSI is supportive of this decision and the associated changes that flow from the reclassification.
Please send your comments through to whichever of the following is most convenient:
Mail: Ecological Community Section, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, GPO Box 787, Canberra ACT 2601