Local divers give up hope on cuttlefish future

MISSING: An urgent taskforce is being proposed to investigate the dramatic decline in cuttlefish numbers at Point Lowly.
MISSING: An urgent taskforce is being proposed to investigate the dramatic decline in cuttlefish numbers at Point Lowly.

An urgent task force is being proposed to investigate the dramatic decline in cuttlefish numbers at Point Lowly.

It has been reported by local diver Tony Bramley that cuttlefish numbers are continuing to decline significantly, with only 10,000 cuttlefish expected to have migrated to the typical breeding site this year.

At the last Whyalla City Council meeting councillor Eddie Hughes moved a motion to begin the development of a task force to investigate the decline in cuttlefish numbers at Point Lowly.

"Subsequent to moving that motion I've had discussions with the conservation council in Adelaide and they're looking at getting South Australian government support and wider support to set up a task force urgently to look at the cuttlefish issue," Cr Hughes said.

"There will be scientists on that task force, people from the relevant government departments and people with local knowledge of the cuttlefish and that scientific knowledge so as to see what it is, so there is cause in the mass decline in the population of the aggregation, but to do the work urgently."

Read more in Tuesday's edition of the Whyalla News.