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: Foreign ships threat to reef, say pilots
: Export News Tasmania March 15, 2012, 11:35:24 PM
There are claims an influx of bulk carriers entering Australian waters is posing a significant risk to the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Pilots Australia says vast tracts of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are unprotected because low-cost foreign crews lack experience and local knowledge.

Mick Kinley, from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, says the option of increased pilotage in the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea and Torres Strait is being assessed.

"We are very aware that the consequences of are extremely high of not doing things, of risks that do come to fruition as an incident, and in any cost-benefit analysis you've actually got to look at what are the potential effects of not taking that action."

By Charlie McKillop

Thursday, 15/03/2012

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201203/s3454133.htm
: Re: Foreign ships threat to reef, say pilots
: Export News Tasmania March 15, 2012, 11:36:06 PM
Maybe the practice of throwing the bodies of dead and dying animals off live export ships doesn't help either.
: Re: Foreign ships threat to reef, say pilots
: born_for_freedom March 16, 2012, 10:20:42 PM
Shark attacks near or around Fremantle seem to occur at the same time thereabouts as sheep ships visit the city.