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Scientific advisory committee recommends the removal of Hardhead from the threatened species list.

Scientific advisory committee recommends the removal of Hardhead from the threatened species list.

Victoria’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has recommended removing Hardhead (Aythya australis) from the State’s Threatened Species List. A de-listing would clear the way for Hardhead to return to the list of game ducks that can be hunted.

Hardhead were listed as vulnerable in 2013 on the basis that there were fewer than 10,000 mature individuals and that there was purported evidence of a continuing population decline. In a detailed nomination to the SAC, SSAA Victoria demonstrated that the population of Hardhead is considerably greater than 10,000 individuals and that there is no evidence of a continuing population decline.

The SAC recommendation is in direct response to SSAA Victoria’s nomination. The Association is grateful to the SAC for assessing the evidence and accepting the nomination. In doing so, the SAC has struck a blow for the integrity of the listing process.

It follows from the SAC’s recommendation that Hardhead should not factor as a trigger species for any wetland closures for the 2024 season.

The Government now has sixty days to consider the SAC’s recommendation. SSAA Victoria appreciates that duck season settings have already been announced and that timelines are tight; however, the Association is hopeful that the Government is able to consider the SAC’s recommendations ahead of the duck season and then take advice from GMA on the appropriateness of including Hardhead in the bag for 2024

Field & Game Australia worked with SSAA Victoria to frame up the nomination for the SAC.