As South Australia opts to phase out opera house nets from 31 July 2023, Wildlife Queensland calls for our state government to stop stalling and ban these deadly traps before more aquatic mammals suffer.
Since 2009, Wildlife Queensland has pushed for a ban on opera house-style traps and funnel traps in Queensland.
In 2014, the government of the day amended regulations to significantly reduce the size of the entrance hole of traps being used east of the Great Dividing Range and east of the Gore Highway. While this action was a step in the right direction, platypuses and other non-targeted air-breathing native fauna continue to be caught and drown in these traps—and their deaths are entirely preventable.
South Australia had also earlier adopted a position of allowing modified traps. Clearly, they have recognised that opera house traps of any size continue to pose a real threat to aquatic mammals such as the platypus and rakali.
Wildlife Queensland is once more calling for Queensland to follow the other states’ lead and say no to nets.
Five Australian states have now implemented a full or phased ban on the use of the enclosed traps. New South Wales announced a planned phase-out of enclosed yabby traps from 30 April 2021, and South Australia has followed suit, phasing them out from June 2023 in favour of wildlife-friendly pyramid nets.
We urge the Queensland Government to hurry up and ban opera house death traps in all Queensland public waters.
Support Wildlife Queensland’s campaign to ban the use of opera house nets in QLD
Send an email to the Hon. Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities and the Hon. Meaghan Scanlon MP, Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs to say we need to change the legislation/regulation around the use of Opera House Nets in Queensland now!
Related articles and information
- Wildlife Queensland renews push to ban enclosed yabby traps in QLD
- Urgent protection needed for Queensland’s threatened platypus populations
- National approach to ban opera house traps on the cards
- 2019 Meeting of Environment Ministers
- Opera house traps have to go
- Happy platypus: how you can help an iconic Australian (pdf)
- Wildlife Queensland’s PlatypusWatch program
Authorised by Des Boyland, Secretary, Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Suite 1, Level 1, 30 Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill, Brisbane, Qld 4101.
Page last updated: 20 July 2021