Support is provided to preserve the state's fish habitat and monitor authorised removal or destruction of mangroves and other protected marine plants.
All marine plants are protected wherever they grow (ie on freehold, leasehold or state lands) and whether they are living or dead, standing or fallen.
Fisheries Queensland, assists developers, local government and landholders with advice and guidance on complying with procedures under the Fisheries Act (1994) and the Planning Act 2016 and State Development Assessment Provisions associated with applications for approval to remove, destroy or disturb fish habitats. Fisheries Queensland also:
- provides advice to individuals, companies (and entities, etc) and government agencies on applicable self-assessable codes,
- is a referral agency for applicants completing permit applications and addressing fisheries state interests outlined in the State Development Assessment Provisions, and
- technical information about mangroves or marine plants vital to fisheries production.
Fisheries Queensland may determine development permit conditions for damaging, destroying or removing marine plants through application assessment and on-site inspections of the area concerned with the applicant to fully assess potential fisheries impacts. Pre-lodgement meetings and discussions are recommended. Any residual impacts to fish habitats must be offset as required under the Queensland Government Environmental Offsets Policy.