Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Pressures on Moreton Bay


It was disappointing to read in the Baycare News (the newsletter of the Moreton Bay Environmental Alliance, of which FOSI is a member) that a new high speed power boat service around Moreton Bay is commencing. The twelve passenger, rigid inflatable power boat will travel at speeds of up to 106km/hr but will reduce speed in ‘areas with endangered marine life’. High speed power boats, through direct strikes and noise pollution of their marine environment, are a potential threat to environmentally significant species such as dugongs and turtles which can occur throughout the Bay and not just in protected areas (for example: to the delight of passengers travelling on the Cleveland/Dunwich barge, whales with calves were sighted ‘close-up’ several times in the Bay during September).