birding-aus Duck hunting

Subject: birding-aus Duck hunting
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 14:09:17

By request, I am posting the Birds Australia policy on waterfowl hunting to
the list:

RAOU Policy on Waterfowl Hunting (2)
(Adopted by RAOU Council on 29 May 1994;
published in Wingspan 15 (Vol.4/3): 6, September 1994)
To ensure the appropriate management and conservation of native waterfowl
in Australia, the 1988 RAOU policy on recreational duck hunting stated that
the following initiatives must be undertaken:

1.      An annual Australia-wide survey must be published on the timing,
duration, distribution and success of waterfowl breeding events.  The
impact of hunting on populations must be defined.  Biologically meaningful
season specifications need to be set.

2.      Non-game and threatened species must be protected through better hunter
education, changes to shooting times and periodic closures of waters to

3.      The use of lead shot should be banned wherever it is identified as
detrimental to waterfowl populations.

4.      There must be a vigorous program which increases the area of
biologically productive wetlands in Australia.

5.      Wetland research, management and conservation programs need to be
adequately funded from hunting fees, supplemented by consolidated revenue.

A review of progress towards achieving these basic requirements shows that
there are neither the data available nor the programs in place to meet
them.  Therefore, until such time as the actions listed in the 1988 policy
are achieved, the RAOU does not support recreational waterfowl hunting in

Hugo Phillipps,
Birds Australia Conservation & Liaison,
Australian Bird Research Centre,
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123, Australia.
Tel: (03) 9882 2622. Fax: (03) 9882 2677.
O/s: +61 3 9882 2622. Fax: +61 3 9882 2677.
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