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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 158

Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 16 November 2004:

(1)   Has Basslink Pty Ltd prepared a code of conduct for commercial and recreational fishing activities, as is required for approval of the Basslink project; if so; (a) has the code been approved; and (b) can a copy of the code be provided.

(2)   With which fishing groups and individuals did the proponents consult when developing the code.

(3)   If consultations did not include Gippsland fishers such as those from Yarram, McLaughlin’s Beach and Lakes Entrance, why were these groups not consulted.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Yes, Basslink Pty Ltd has a voluntary Code of Conduct developed and agreed by the fishing groups listed in part 2. A copy is attached.

(2)   The following 20 fishing groups were consulted when developing the Code of Conduct:

  • Lakes Entrance Fishermen’s Co-operative
  • McLoughlin’s Beach Progress Press Association Inc
  • Seafood Industry Victoria
  • Southern Shark and Gillnet Fisherman’s Association
  • South East Trawl Fishing Association Ltd
  • South East Non Trawl Association
  • Tasmanian Game Fishing Association
  • Tasmanian Fishing Industry Council
  • Tasmanian Marine Recreational Fishing Council
  • VRFish
  • Victorian Game Fishing Club
  • Victorian Ocean Scallop Association
  • Victorian Fishing Industry Council
  • Richey Fishing Co
  • Commonwealth Fishing Association
  • Tidal Princess Charters
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage
  • Australian Fisheries Management Authority
  • Australian Seafood Industry Council

(3)   As listed in part (2) there were three major groups from the Gippsland area consulted. These were:

  • Lakes Entrance Fishermen’s Co-operative
  • McLoughlin’s Beach Progress Press Association Inc
  • Tidal Princess Charters (based in Yarram)

   Gippsland fishers would also have been represented in several of the other groups listed in part 2.