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Fishing for Tilapia in Suprano Place Lake, Wakerley

Principal Petitioner Christopher May, Wakerley
Date Closed Fri, 25 May 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 85 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council that we have recently been informed that it is illegal to fish in the Suprano Place Lake in Wakerley. This lake is filled with tilapia, the impact of which are widespread and include environmental issues such as decreased water quality, introduction of disease, competition for resources, predation of native fish and economic and recreational impacts which authorities are aware, is one of the greatest threats to Australia's native biodiversity, and is a noxious pest under the Fisheries Act 1994. We believe that the pastime of fishing in Suprano Place Lake actually contributes to the health and betterment of the lake and environs, by trying to rid the waters of the noxious tilapia which threatens our native fish and other aquatic species, which have already declined greatly since tilapia were introduced into the waterway several years ago. We understand that tilapia caught must not be returned to the waterway, but must be disposed of in a humane way.

Your petitioners therefore apply to Council for an exemption to allow catch-and-release fishing in this lake. We advise that the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries regard the tilapia as a biosecurity concern and have no objection, in fact encourage fishing in this lake, to remove the tilapia. We also advise that there have never been any incidences of refuse being left in the park by the local residents, who have been fishing there over the years. We understand that tilapia caught must not be returned to the waterway, but must be disposed of in a humane way.

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