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Platypus deaths spark calls for Opera House trap ban

August 8, 2014

Platypus killed in Opera House Traps (2)
Two platypus have drowned in a fish trap in the Nerang River, sparking calls for the controversial trap design to be banned in Queensland.

Opera house traps are designed to trap yabbies or fish alive but if playpus swims into one it will drown, Environmental Scientist and platypus surveyor from the Gold Coast Catchment Association Natalie Hoskins says.

“Given the deadly nature of the traps, we would like these traps to be banned,” she says.

“These traps should clearly not be set in water bodies where platypus occur.”

The traps which are also deadly for native water rats and turtles have been banned in other Eastern states so Wildlife Queensland has requested Hon. John McVeigh, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to take immediate action to ban the Opera House trap from Queensland waterways as well.

The two platypus were found on Tuesday.

Ms Hoskins urges the public to please be aware of the dangers of using these traps in all waterways where platypus could live, adding that the presence of playpus in creeks and rivers goes mostly unheeded as they are extremely discrete creatures.

For more info go to the article in Blank Magazine.

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