GPC can dredge during turtle nesting period in Bundy

GLADSTONE Ports Corporation has been given permission to dredge the Port of Bundaberg during turtle nesting.

But it's committed to stop work for the animals - and even use satellite tracking to protect them.

The Environment Department has agreed to an application by the Gladstone Ports Corporation, which runs the Bundaberg port, to repair damage caused by January floods.

A GPC spokeswoman said emergency cutter suction dredging would start in October, and take until the end of the year.

"Emergency cutter suction dredging to improve clearance depths is critical to the local sugar industry," she said.

"It is therefore important that access is achieved as soon as possible."

The spokeswoman said the corporation had measures in place to protect marine mega fauna, including turtles.

These included daily monitoring and water inspections to spot turtles, and satellite tracking of two turtles, which nest at a rookery.

"All reasonable and practicable measures will be taken to prevent harm or disruption to their nesting activities," she said.

She said dredging would stop if any mega fauna was observed within 50m of the dredge.