The public consultation period for Queensland’s Marine Mammal Legislative review has been extended to 31 January 2012. The review is considering proposed changes to the laws protecting whales, dolphins and dugongs along the Queensland coast.


Acting Environment Minister Rachel Nolan said the review was necessary because the conservation plans covering whales, dolphins and dugongs were due to expire on 31 August 2012.


“It is a legislative requirement that we review the existing conservation plans and have new legislation in place by then,” she said.


The Consultation Information Booklet is available at and submissions can be emailed or mailed to the department before 31 January 2012.