LEFT: The spot where mangroves once stood.
LEFT: The spot where mangroves once stood.

Mangrove killer fined $10,000

A BRISBANE development company has been fined $10,000 and ordered to undertake restoration works for clearing 752sq m of mangroves from a site in Pinkenba.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Brett Depper said the company had been approved to clear 260sq m of marine plants, however exceeded this limit and breached four conditions of its development approval.

"The company had been approved to clear 260sq m of marine plants as part of its development approval process provided a number of strict terms and conditions were met," Mr Depper said.

"A couple of months after works commenced on the site, a member of the public called the Fishwatch hotline concerned about the works being carried out on the site.

"Subsequent investigations found the company had cleared a 752sq m area of marine habitat and four breaches of the conditions of their development approval were detected."

The Fisheries Act 1994 protects all marine plants in Queensland including mangroves, seagrass and salt couch regardless of whether marine plants are on private, leasehold or public lands, or alive or dead.

Report marine habitat disturbance to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.

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