Bay waters vital to our economy so lets keep them clean

EDITORIAL: The waters of Hervey Bay - what goes into them and what comes out of them - feature prominently in today's Chronicle.

The bright side is the delicious produce sampled by thousands who visited for the city's annual seafood festival.

Locals joined visitors to celebrate one of the many wonderful things about the Fraser Coast.

But our other reports sound warning notes.

An appalling amount of marine debris on the coral reef near Big Woody Island is a danger sign for the Bay's beautiful clean waters.

Two other sites, at ESA Park and at Gatakers Bay, are also being monitored.

There is damage from January floods, which cannot be controlled - but there is also damage from recreational fishing, which can be controlled.

And our lead story, raising the idea of a dollar-a-day levy on tourists to fund waterways research, is likely to raise an outcry from operators struggling to keep prices competitive.

In the end, it might be a small price to pay to keep a scientific eye on the impact we are having on the waters on which our economy depends.



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