About the Biodiversity Offset Strategy

The Biodiversity Offset Strategy (BOS) has been developed to provide tangible initiatives aimed at avoiding inevitable impacts to the values of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, National Heritage Place and EPBC Act listed threatened migratory species.

The overall objective of the BOS is to provide for long-term conservation of threatened and migratory species, including their habitats, that may be impacted by activities associated with the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project.

The BOS was developed by Gladstone Ports Corporation after consultation with several government agencies, universities, environmental consultants, NRM and community groups and other relevant parties, and also with written advice provided by the Dredge Technical Reference Panel (DTRP) and the Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Program Advisory Panel (ERMPAP).

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Biodiversity Offset Strategy Initiatives

The BOS will fund projects for the region and wider bioregion as outlined in the map below, from 2012 to at least 2020 that include initiatives such as:

  • Signage and education
  • Assessment of marine traffic
  • Assessment, implementation and compliance of ‘go slow’ zones
  • Habitat enhancement and restoration actions
  • Stormwater pollution control
  • Distribution, maintenance and monitoring of TAngler bins
  • Coral mapping and restoration
  • Integrated map of all protected areas and sensitive habitats in the region and the wider bioregion
  • Integrated environmentally friendly moorings (EFMs) program
  • Development of a regional code of practice for inshore netting (Gladstone Region)
  • Acquisition of high value ecological land to protect from development
  • Water quality improvement and monitoring in the Boyne and Calliope Rivers
  • Provide funding for a proposed marine rehabilitation facility in Gladstone
  • Declared fish habitat area (FHA) investigations in the Central Queensland region.