In Queensland, what legislative changes or modifications need to be implemented in relation to light pollution problems for nesting sea turtles and hatchlings?

Pudmenzky, Christa (2013) In Queensland, what legislative changes or modifications need to be implemented in relation to light pollution problems for nesting sea turtles and hatchlings? Project Report. Christa Pudmenzky . [Report]

Abstract

Australia supports globally the largest remaining populations of marine turtles, and six of the world’s seven species are found in Queensland and Western Australian waters. However, Australia's human population is heavily concentrated in coastal regions with an increase in residential and commercial development and therefore an increase in artificial lighting. Since breeding marine turtles and hatchlings are vulnerable to disorientation from artificial lighting adjacent to nesting areas, it is important that good planning and management strategies are applied to the location and design of proposals that could potentially disrupt turtle breeding success. The purpose of this report is to establish the type of regulations that are in place in Queensland to protect vulnerable and endangered nesting marine turtles and hatchlings from artificial lighting and to recommend possible legislative changes or modification to avoid, reduce, mitigate and manage the negative impact. Research for this project included an in depth review of the current literature on the risk of coastal light pollution on marine turtles from residential and commercial development and interviews with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. The assessment indicates that currently there is no legislation governing light pollution near turtle breeding areas on state level in Queensland and any concerns are addressed via arrangements directly with individual councils. Therefore it is recommended that the Queensland Government develops and implements legislations with the aim to protect the endangered marine turtle species along the Queensland coast.


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Item Type: Report (Project Report)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Queensland Parliamentary Internship Research Report. Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 23 May 2013 06:20
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 05:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: light pollution; turtles; hatcheries; Queensland; Australia; conservation
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960703 Environmental Education and Awareness
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23506

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