Here we have an example of the of how wrong some of the environmental NGOs are getting it, at Kangaroo Island in SA, the local penguin population is being decimated by NZ Fur Seals, all the so called environmentalist are saying that they are against a cull. Against the cull to protect one of the species the no fishing area was designed to protect of a marine pest, cant cull the seal because it is cute and furry.
Just around the corner we
have a situation in Spencer Gulf with the Giant Cuttlefish, a huge
campaign to stop BHP mining and creating a desalination plant that will
deposit slat brine in the area, they have created a no fishing area to
protect the Giant Cuttlefish although they all agree that it’s a
precautionary approach and they don’t consider commercial or
recreational fishing as a threat, recent studies have shown that the
Giant Cuttlefish annual breeding aggregation has dropped by almost 80%
over the last 10 years, but what is more concerning is that the very NZ
Fur Seals they didn’t want to cull on Kangaroo Island have been seen by
divers and anglers in the Spencer Gulf Giant Cuttlefish breeding areas.
Some of the things this BHP site will be mining will be rear earth
minerals, for those that don’t know rare earth minerals are used for a
wide range of things and are becoming very valuable, some of the
products that rely on rare earth minerals are, batteries for electric
powered cars, new light weight alloys to make cars more efficient, new
generation solar panels, wind turbines, energy-efficient lights, as well
as more common things like mobile phone and LCD screens.
NZ fur seal numbers are exploding on Eyre Peninsula and along with that
has come increased fishing forays by the seals into tuna farm rings.