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Notice given 13 April 2010

2784  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—

(1) Since 1 December 2004, how many ships travelling through, or around, the Great Barrier Reef did not register under the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Ship Reporting System (REEFREP).

(2) (a) Since 1 December 2004, how many charges have been laid against ships which have entered prohibited areas; and (b) how many of these ships were not registered with REEFREP.

(3) (a) How many full-time equivalent staff are tracking vessels at the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Service centre; and (b) how does this figure compare to 2 years ago.

(4) Given that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website states that regular vessel and aircraft patrols are conducted to detect shipping offences, how many: (a) vessel patrols; and (b) aircraft patrols, have been conducted since 1 December 2004.

(5) Since 1 October 2009, how many vessels have been detected: (a) without an Automated Identification System (AIS); and (b) with an AIS that has been turned off.