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Marine Protected Areas Review

VEAC100VEAC SEEKS FEEDBACK ON DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO VICTORIA’S MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) is seeking public feedback on the draft recommendations arising from its investigation into the management and performance of Victoria’s marine protected areas.

To read more click on the media release.


The Draft Proposals Paper containing these recommendations is part of a comprehensive Marine Investigation being carried out by VEAC, an independent council, at the request of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Hon Ryan Smith MP.

This Marine Investigation reflects on the performance and management of Victoria’s marine protected areas, which have now been in place for more than a decade. It also looks forward, focusing on opportunities to address the current and future challenges in managing these areas to meet the purposes for which they were created.

VEAC’s draft recommendations on these opportunities have been released today in the Marine Investigation Draft Proposals Paper. Council is now calling for interested individuals, organisations and groups to provide feedback on the draft recommendations by Monday 3 February 2014. This feedback will be considered by VEAC in developing its Final Report, which will be completed in April 2014.

The terms of reference for the Marine Investigation are available at www.veac.vic.gov.au. The investigation area covers marine protected areas along the Victorian coast, a total of 24 marine national parks and marine sanctuaries and six other marine protected areas.

VEAC Chairperson, Hon Phil Honeywood, says this investigation is an important opportunity to take stock across Victoria’s marine protected area estate, including some areas which are often overlooked such as the Shallow Inlet, Corner Inlet and Nooramunga marine and coastal parks.

“Council is applying internationally recognised approaches and expert scientific advice to its review of the performance and management of these marine protected areas. Council has been assisted by the advice of its Community Reference Group, Scientific Advisory Committee and expert consultancies.” he says.

“This review will be documented in the Final Report. The Draft Proposals Paper focuses on VEAC’s draft recommendations. This is an ideal stage to get public input on the recommendations and we are interested in hearing from a diverse range of stakeholders,” says Mr Honeywood.

The Draft Proposals Paper is available online at www.veac.vic.gov.au, or by phoning VEAC on 1800 134 803. Submissions on the Draft Proposals Paper can be made online at www.veac.vic.gov.au, emailed to VEAC at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sent to PO Box 500, East Melbourne, Vic 3002. Submissions must be received by 3 February 2014.

VEAC provides independent and strategic advice relating to the protection and sustainable management of Victoria’s environment and natural resources. It has recently conducted investigations into additional prospecting areas in parks, and into public land in the vicinity of the Yellingbo nature conservation reserve in the Yarra Valley.

 

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There are many whales seen in our area but few sightings are formally recorded - so there is no evidence of these. So, if you see a whale, please:

- Take a photo and/or note the fin and tail shape, plus any markings

- Note the time/day/location

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    Hooded PloversWe have two valuable Hooded Plover breeding sites at Undertow Bay and 2nd Surf Beach.  Hoodies are endangered species with breeding success currently very low.  To protect them you must:

      - Read and follow signage

      - Only observe them from a distance of 80-100m

      - Keep your dog on a lead and well away from the birds.

          To find out more about our Hoodies, click here