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Monday, 26 November 2012
Page: 13077

Abel Tasman

Dear Mr Murphy

Thank you for your letter of 10 September 2012 about the petition requesting the refusal of entry to Australian waters of the large mid-water trawl vessel the FV Abel Tasman, formerly the FV Margiris.

On 20 September 2012 the Minister for Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), with my agreement, imposed an interim declaration preventing the FV Abel Tasman and similar boats from operating in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery. The interim declaration prohibits commercial fishing activities by large mid-water freezer vessels in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (declared commercial fishing activity) for a period of 60 days. Over the interim declaration period the minister is required to consult with persons about making a longer-term final declaration preventing the declared commercial fishing activity and allowing an expert panel to assess the potential environmental impacts of the activity.

from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Ludwig