New birds added to FFG Act (Victoria, Australia)

Subject: New birds added to FFG Act (Victoria, Australia)
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 12:22:33 +1000
                       For information and interest.

Several species of birds have been considered for addition to the
(Victorian) Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.  The following have been
recomended for addition to schedule 2 of the Act and the Scientific
Advisory Committee intends to advertise the items shortly.

- Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Little Bittern, Black Bittern, Baillons
Crake, Lewin's Rail, Square-tailed Kite and Sooty Albatross (all considered
threatened and/or in decline in Victoria).

In addition, several Potentially Threatening Processes have been
recommended for addition to schedule 3 of the Act.  The main  one of
interest to the list is:
    Incidental catch (or by-catch) of seabirds during longline fishing

This is in reference to the potential impact of the process on a number of
albatross species that are recorded in Victorian waters and elsewhere.
Note that the status of taxa are considered in Victoria only and their
status elsewhere plays no part in the listing of the item in Victoria.

Recommendation Reports for these items will be publicly advertised (in
Victoria) during the week 10-14 August and anyone may make a submission
supporting or not supporting the recommendations.  Should anyone wish to
respond keep tabs on the AGE and "Weekly Times" papers at this time.

Of course if you have records of these species in Victoria, the Atlas of
Victorian Wildlife is keen to hear about them.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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