Management changes to protect gastropods and bivalve molluscs in Moreton Bay

Fishing pressure directed at gastropods and bivalve molluscs in  Moreton Bay has increased significantly in recent years. Fisheries Queensland have concern about the sustainability of key species (mud ark, mud whelks and cockles).
 
Gastropods and bivalve molluscs are highly susceptible to localised depletion because of their sedentary nature and the ease of access to fishing grounds adjacent to urban centres.
 
Fisheries Queensland is seeking feedback on the following management changes to the Fisheries Regulation 2008:
  • prohibit the take of gastropods and bivalve mollusc, excluding pipi, in Moreton Bay (as per the Moreton Bay Marine Park boundaries and including all tidal waters of rivers flowing into the Bay); and
  • clarify the definition of mollusc to assist compliance activities:
    • Gastropod means any invertebrate species belonging to the taxonomic Class Gastropoda
    • Bivalve Mollusc means any invertebrate species belonging to the taxonomic Class Bivalvia
    • Pipi means any invertebrate species belonging to the taxonomic Family Donacidae; and
  • clarify that shell collecting (i.e. empty shells, no live organisms) is not a regulated activity.
 

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