Media Release Threatened Species

Queensland gillnet ban welcome in Gulf of Carpentaria

February 29, 2024

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement today that gillnets will be removed from more parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria on May 17.

AMCS shark scientist Dr Leonardo Guida said: “Gillnets are indiscriminate killers that entangle and drown endangered species, such as dugongs, turtles, sawfish and river sharks. These animals are not just iconic, but are of cultural significance to many traditional owners in Queensland.

“We welcome the news that commercial gillnets will be banned from more areas of the Gulf of Carpentaria, but the proof will be in the pudding. It’s well known where these gillnet-free areas need be, least of which because of the need to protect and support the recovery of endangered species in the Gulf.”

Queensland Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said the final locations and design of gillnet-free zones in the Gulf of Carpentaria are yet to be finalised, but will be announced in April following further consultation and implemented on May 17.

Dr Guida said: “This has been a long process and we’re pleased to see the Queensland Government soon implement gillnet-free zones to help protect our endangered species and support a healthy gulf for future generations who depend on it for work, recreation and culture.”