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Notice given 12 December 2005

1449  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) (a) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05, by year, what species of shark and finfish have been identified on foreign vessels illegally fishing off the coasts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland; and (b) if the department does not collect this information, why not. 

(2) (a) For each species mentioned in (1), what was: (i) the quantity, and (ii) the range of sizes, of shark and finfish identified and/or confiscated; and (b) if the department does not collect this information, why not.

(3) (a) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05, by year, what estimate has been made of the total quantity of each species of shark and finfish taken by foreign fishers illegally fishing in Australian waters off the coasts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, including shark and finfish taken by vessels that have not been apprehended; and (b) if the department cannot provide this estimate, why not.

 

 (4) (a) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05, by year, what quantity of turtles, dolphins and other marine mammals have been identified on vessels illegally fishing in Australian waters off the coasts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland; and (b) if the department does not collect this information, why not.

(5) (a) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05, by year, what estimate has been made of the total quantity of turtles, dolphins and other marine mammals taken by foreign fishers illegally fishing in Australian waters off the coasts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, including turtles, dolphins and other marine mammals taken by vessels that have not been apprehended; and (b) if the department cannot provide this estimate, why not.

(6) (a) What action has the Government taken to improve data collection relating to the illegal catch of sharks, finfish, turtles, dolphins and other marine mammals off the coasts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland; and (b) if the department has taken no action, why not.