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Wednesday, 17 October 1984
Page: 1923

(Question No. 1139)

Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 12 September 1984:

(1) What appeal procedures will exist to determine licence entitlements for scallop fishing in Bass Strait and adjacent waters where fishermen can establish a history of fishing but have been refused licences for failing to fish during the time specified in 1983.

(2) Will it be similar to the provisions laid down for southern trawl appeals.

(3) How many applications have been rejected.

(4) How many of those rejections have a previous history of fishing in the licence area.

Senator Walsh —The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Unsuccessful applicants for endorsement of their Commonwealth boat licence to allow for access to the Bass Strait Scallop Fishery may appeal in the first instance to a Commonwealth/State Review Group. Their applications may also be reviewed by the Minister for Primary Industry or the Secretary to the Department , and subsequently by the Administrative Appeal Tribunal if the applicant is dissatisfied with the previous decisions. In addition, a task force comprising representatives from industry and Commonwealth and State governments has been established to monitor implementation of management arrangements for the fishery and to consider options for longer term management. The task force has given high priority to addressing the issues raised by fishermen who claim rights of access to the fishery but who do not meet the current entry criteria. The task force recently submitted recommendations to governments designed to address the claims of fishermen who have been refused licences for failing to fish during 1983. These recommendations are under urgent consideration by Tasmania, Victoria and the Commonwealth.

(2) The actual review procedures for the scallop fishery are similar to those proposed for the south eastern trawl fishery.

(3) To date 16 applications for review of the refusal to grant an entitlement have been rejected.

(4) From information supplied by the appellants, 9 of the 16 have a previous history of fishing for scallops in the proclaimed area of Bass Strait.