Australia: Capricorn Conservation Council Against Gladstone Dredging
The Capricorn Conservation Council is unhappy with the independent scientific panel’s findings on the Gladstone Harbour.
Michael McCabe, Capricorn Conservation Council co-ordinator, thinks that the Gladstone Harbour dredging should be halted immediately.
“This report clearly indicates we don’t know enough about marine health matters and therefore shouldn’t continue the massive dredging until it can be proven to not be harmful to the current and future marine habitat,” stated McCabe.
As already stated, GPC notes the comments by the chair of the scientific panel Dr Ian Poiner that the independent panel could not find fault with the water quality monitoring programmes undertaken by GPC, DERM and PCIMP, and that the monitoring was of a world class standard.
“We are currently reading through the report and will make a considered response to the report’s findings,” GPC CEO Leo Zussino said.
Dredging Today Staff, January 9, 2012; Image: westernbasinportdevelopment