To our amazement the local residents have informed us six weeks ago that a pair of dugong have moved into Hays Inlet to eat on the newly formed seagrass. They showed me photos which I posted with the last news article I published. This highlighted the mystery of Hays Inlet even more – so why has the seagrass all of a sudden grown back after all these years? It was only 10 days ago that we came into possession of the Unity Water’s Redcliffe Sewage Treatment Plant – The Road to Recovery Report. It had become evident with this report that the Inlet has been slowly poisoned and polluted with chemical disinfectant discharge for at least two decades. This is the reason why we have towed our boats an hour north to Caloundra and an hour south to Jumpinpin, spending countless money on fuel to achieve our 16 fish. This means when Hays Inlet became an international listed RAMSAR wetland in 1993, the local government was releasing harmful chemicals even back then. Why didn’t the federal government test the water on a regular basis? In 2008, SQAFCA, QAFCA & Sunfish negotiated a deal with the state government to make Hays Inlet a yellow and green zone, why wasn’t the water quality tested then? It appears that the state government talks about sustainability, of which the local government then destroys. Where’s the federal government on this? A RAMSAR comes under federal law. So now we believe Unity Water has spent millions of dollars upgrading this sewerage system to what we hope is the new environmental UV system and that is why we believe the seagrass has come back. I can’t see the whiting coming back for many years unless all three levels of government agree to do a whiting fingerling release. We also believe that Hays Inlet should also become the next ROFA or net-free zone to protect this beautiful natural habitat that beholds one of the best sunsets in the world. It could become one of the best fishing tourism destinations in the world if it is only given a chance to breed some fish.
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