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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 48


Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science. In view of the serious position in which many fishermen have been placed following the ban on the sale of the bulk of shark flesh, will the Minister say whether the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has investigated the permanently potential catches of fish from eastern Australian waters according to species, the mercury content of these fish, and the likely damage, if any, to the Australian fishing industry by the establishment of the envisaged fishmeal industry on the east coast of Tasmania?


Senator WRIGHT - Generally I can say that the CSIRO has made assessments of the availability of fish, and that in relation to what is proposed by the east coast industry figures have been given. I am not equipped with those figures now, but I shall take the opportunity of today's adjournment to ensure that the honourable senator receives an accurate answer.







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