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Call for Amendment to Save Giant Lobster from Forestry Practices

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 18 August 2016

Tags: Environment, Threatened Species, Giant Freshwater Lobster, Floods, Extinction

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that ‘Astacopsis gouldi’, the giant freshwater lobster, is the largest freshwater invertebrate on the planet, and is found only in the northwest and northeast of Tasmania.

(2)           Acknowledges with great concern the scientific assessment that indicates barely a decade stands between the survival of this amazing large lobster and its extinction.

(3)           Further notes with sadness that tens of thousands of lobsters are estimated to have perished in Tasmania’s record winter floods in June 2016, and that habitat destruction is the major threat to the survival of the species.

(4)           Recognises that, regardless of the creation of reserves and buffer zones downstream, the headwaters and catchments of particular Tasmanian rivers need to be protected so that sediment released into the waterways after land clearing does not flow downstream, contaminating the water and causing the death of the last remaining lobsters.

(5)           Further notes with pleasure that a clear and achievable recovery plan has been identified for this highly endangered species.

(6)           Calls on the Government to:—

(a)           amend our Draft Recovery Plan to declare no-go logging zones around the headwaters and riverways that feed critical habitat for the lobster: specifically, the Forester River in eastern Tasmania; the Black River, the Frankland/Horton/Lindsay rivers, and the Flowerdale/Hebe rivers in western Tasmania; and the Dip River and all the water tributaries on the Dip Range;

(b)           as a minimum, to ensure these areas have buffer zones of at least 50m.; and

(c)           commit the resources that are needed to implement the actions set out in the Recovery Plan and place the giant freshwater lobster on the pathway to continued survival.