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COVID can’t be blamed for condition of local waterways
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Interestingly, a new channel has formed from the second star- board buoy heading east in the Rous, past the sand island that has formed opposite Am- ity, linking directly to the northern end of the Rainbow Channel, and it is a considerably shorter distance to the bar if using this ‘chan- nel’.
Apologies if this is an oversight on my part.
shortcut for most people because they would be risking a fine if caught planing in that zone, so efficiency for small ves- sels is being hindered by red tape.
a common sense out- come.
Unfortunately, it is in the turtle and dugong protection zone, where vessels must stay in a not-planing attitude.
While Marine Parks have been very reasona- ble in its attitude to this, it does acknowledge the need for more flexibil- ity in legislation to alter boundaries on as-needs basis when sand banks and channels shift.
Bruce Davis fed an enormous amount of line to tempt this snapper from broken rubble ground.
If you can’t plane through there, it re- ally isn’t a worthwhile
Obviously, both agen- cies need to work to- gether to overcome this hurdle and deliver
Let’s hope there is a victory for common sense, and something happens soon.
MSQ and Marine Parks are aware of this and both agencies have given a verbal indica- tion that they would support the placement of navigation aids to mark this channel, but there is a huge impedi- ment to removing the not-planing status of that area, even though much of the channel is deeper than 2m at low tide.
Further, in some parts of the Rous Channel, the deeper water is now eating across existing turtle and dugong pro- tection zone boundaries, meaning boaters plan- ing through the deepest available water are in theory breaking the law and risking a fine.
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