2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Queensland
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Here is a summary of what the Queensland Government intends for Kangaroos in 2024. It is as grim as ever with quotas still a very long way from ever being met.
Queensland Government commercial Kangaroo data for 2023 to 12 August 2023 yet again demonstrates that the actual take against quota will be below the 2023 quotas for each species in each zone.
The Queensland Government also states that the damage mitigation permits (DMPs) will also below the maximum available quota in 2023, just as they were in 2022.
The data so far is a clear indicator of two things, population estimates and hence quotas are far too high and the three species being exploited for commercial gain are systematically being exterminated across Queensland’s regions.
The total Queensland population of the three commercially exploited species as given by Queensland and Commonwealth Governments is as follows:
The 2023 population estimates giving a quota for the three commercially exploited species in 2024 of 2,486,400. This is 702,550 more Kangaroos than the quota in 2022.
Actual take all species to 31 July 2023 was 388,455 Kangaroos (all commercially exploited species). Our full year estimate for actual take in 2023 is 607,000, or 28 per cent of quota for that year.
The commercial quota for Queensland in 2022 was 1,783,850. The actual take against quota as now reported was 612,233.
In 2022 the actual take as reported by the Queensland Government was 612,233, just one quarter of what they are proposing as the quota for 2024.
Looking at the three year total 2020 to 2022, the actual take against quota of the three species for the three year period was 1,727,541. That is still 758,859 fewer Kangaroos for the three years combined than what they are proposing to kill for commercial gain in 2024.
Nonsense speak from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES):
“Quotas in Queensland are set up to 20 per cent of the estimated population for each species in each zone. Harvesting at these levels will ensure a sustainable yield and long-term conservation of macropod populations”.
Remember that the purpose of quotas is to ensure the rate of killing does not exceed the quota cap as this rule is meant to ensure that animals can maintain their populations. This is clearly not what is occurring in Queensland.
More nonsense speak from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES):
“Current harvesting rates are considered sustainable. None of the three commercially harvested species has shown a consistent decline in abundance since 1992 (see above) which would necessitate a reassessment of the take and species conservation status. Whilst no consistent declines have been observed, the macropod populations in Queensland have fluctuated over time”.
As reported by the Queensland Government, the decline in population of the three species being exploited commercially in the last 22 years is around 20 million.
DMPs are issued when Kangaroos and other native wildlife are causing, or may cause, damage or loss, or represent a threat to human health or wellbeing. DES
In the first seven months of 2023, 27,485 Kangaroos were killed using DMPs against a quota 325,344, just 8.5 per cent of quota.
The numbers to 10 October 2023 give the same story. For the Red Kangaroo just 6 per cent (for 7,750 animals) of the mitigation quota had been issued, for the Eastern Grey Kangaroo it was just 12 per cent (for 19,958 animals) and for the Wallaroo just 13 per cent (for 5,238 animals). No demand for mitigation permits, given the highly destructive nature of what occurs in the vast expanses of Queensland, means that Kangaroos are no longer present, certainly in nowhere near the numbers being claimed. The lack of demand for permits is a testimony to that.