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Wednesday, 15 June 2005
Page: 151


Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 3 February 2005:

(1)   Has the Australian Government received any communication or application from the owners or associates of the fishing vessels Veronica or Atlantic Dawn. If so, can the Minister give details including:

(a)  

   date;

(b)  

   who made the contact;

(c)  

   what was requested; and

(d)  

   how the government responded.


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

(1)   No. However, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), an Independent Statutory Authority charged with management of Australia’s fisheries, has received 13 exchanges with people associated with the fishing vessel Veronica. No application has been received to nominate the fishing vessel Veronica against any Commonwealth fishing permit. There have been no communications or applications received in relation to the vessel Atlantic Dawn.

(a)  

   The 13 contacts with AFMA in regard to the vessel Veronica occurred between 5 November 2003 and 15 October 2004.

(b)  

   Contact was made by BP Kelleher Fishing Services, Atlantic Dawn Pty Ltd and/or their legal representatives.

(c)  

   These parties requested information in relation to Australian Government vessel licensing policies and management arrangements for the Small Pelagic Fishery and the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery.

(d)  

   AFMA provided responses to these questions and have not made any commitment or entered into any arrangement in relation to the Veronica.