Everyone who gives a toss about Port Phillip Bay is urged to contribute to the draft Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan being prepared by the Department of Environment Land Water & Planning. Consultations are open until February 29 and it only takes a few minutes to complete the short survey
Bioaccumulation of contaminants in dredged Yarra sediments dumped into the Bay, beach erosion, plastic pollution from single-use consumer items litter in catchments, wildlife entanglement, managing nutrient inputs, fisheries and pest species management, community engagement and ensuring resources to effectively protect the Bay are key issues to address.
Tough gig for the planners! For example, phasing out commercial fishing in the Bay will involve job cuts and result in local restaurants and residents losing access to the freshest fish on the Melbourne market. Retaining the fleet leaves potential for conflict with competitors attracted to schools of small fish…. like the 25 penguins that died after being netted off Altona in 2014.
If the bait bags found on Wader Beach Williamstown are any indication, when it comes to sustainably caught pilchards and keeping the Bay clean, some recreational anglers don’t give a toss…. except over the side of the boat!