“The Government is confident that Queensland’s approach to crocodile management is sound.”… That’s the word from Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch who has released the annual Queensland Crocodile Management Update today.
The report shows the department has removed record numbers of problem crocodiles over the past couple of years, with 84 removed in 2017, most of which came from the populated east coast between Townsville and Port Douglas.
The Minister also released the first stage of the first survey of Queensland’s estuarine crocodile population in over a decade.
This work involved night time vessel-based surveys in waterways from Gladstone to Cape York Peninsula and the adjoining Gulf of Carpentaria, as well as daytime helicopter surveys of coastal waterways from the Hinchinbrook Channel to the Daintree River.
Night and daytime surveys were also carried out in six waterways south of Rockhampton, all of which were outside normal crocodile habitat.
No crocodiles were observed in the southern streams.
“DES staff also work tirelessly to educate the public about being Crocwise in croc country and reached more than 50,000 people last year.”
“On top of this important work to manage Queensland’s crocodiles, our wildlife officers also assisted with investigations into the unlawful deaths of eight crocs, and three people were prosecuted for the illegal take of crocodiles in 2017.”
“Once the results from the crocodile monitoring program are fully analysed, they will allow us to review our overall approach to crocodile management and how best to communicate about how to stay Crocwise in Croc country.”
The monitoring program is expected to conclude in late 2019 and a detailed report will be prepared in 2020.
A copy of the Queensland crocodile management update for 2017 and further information about the crocodile monitoring program can be found here: