Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003
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Written Submissions Parks & Wildlife Commission NT Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 21 got: that quolls are can't handle the toads. And theres also radio tracking work going on goannas, work being done on snakes by other agencies, so that you know the sum of the effort here is pretty substantial and should in a year or two give a very clear picture across most elements of biodiversity and far better than whatever we got out of Queensland. But there are still things like invertebrates which no-ones looking at. Mr BALDWIN: Yes, and aquatic as well. Dr WOINARSKI: Yeah. Madam CHAIR: Is fisheries looking at aquatic, have they got research areas in fisheries? Dr WOINARSKI: Not that I know of, Arthur George from the University of Canberras doing some work on pig-nosed turtles and some other Mr BONSON: What about barramundi and, weve had evidence of this thing that barramundi could be something affected as well? Madam CHAIR: But weve also heard that it spits it out, doesnt like it. Mr BONSON: Yeah exactly, so Im just trying to get a clarification so obviously there is still a lot of contradictory information. Dr WOINARSKI: We certainly dont work on fish, only on recreational. No, it is Fisheries responsibility. Madam CHAIR: The fisheries in the NT, youre not aware of anything they are doing in that area? Dr LAWSON: No, I spoke to Richard Sellers (?) just the other day about it and he seemed to be rather unconcerned about the barramundi question. He seemed to be convinced that barramundi just sort of spit the things out and certainly didnt seem to be any over concerned there at all, for the game fish, no. Mr BONSON: And wheres he getting that information from, is it anecdotal or is he getting it from Queensland or Madam CHAIR: Well have to ask him. Dr LAWSON: I dont know, thats all the told me. Mr BONSON: I suppose theres another one of the issues that the Kimberleys, weve had evidence here that theyre doing some large identification of crocodiles and stuff like that there, are you guys involved with that at all? Dr WOINARSKI: No, thats Graham Webb.
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