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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

Home Back to Media Releases AFFA02/96M 28 June 2002

 

‘Shark-Plan’ open for community comment

Strategies for sustainable management of Australia’s shark fisheries have been outlined in a new draft national plan.

Announced today by Senator Ian Macdonald, the Minister responsible for Commonwealth fisheries, the National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (Shark-Plan) is open for public comment.

Senator Macdonald said Shark-Plan is part of an international effort headed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

“Shark-Plan’s success will depend on better cooperation between the various stakeholder groups in Australia and a commitment by countries with neighbouring fisheries to work with us to maintain sustainable management practices,” Senator Macdonald said.

Shark-Plan has been developed by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Shark Advisory Group that included representatives of state and Federal agencies, industry, science, Indigenous groups and community and recreational groups.

Senator Macdonald said it covers management and conservation issues raised in the 2001 Shark Assessment Report that found while management practices were generally sound, they could be improved in areas such as more information on by-catch shark species.

He said the key components of Shark Plan recommended:

examining management practices in targeted shark fisheries, as well as fisheries where shark is caught as by-catch;

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improving data collection and species identification; ●

developing and implementing risk assessments for various shark species; ●

reviewing arrangements for recreational and game shark fishing; and ●

a community education strategy to raise awareness of shark species, including their role in the overall marine ●

ecosystem, and information on key, threatened species.

The draft Shark-Plan and Shark Assessment Report are available online at: http://www.affa.gov.au Public comments close on Friday 26 July 2002, and can be mailed to:

Shark Advisory Group Secretariat Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Australia GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601

or emailed to sharksecretariat@affa.gov.au

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: Zac Donovan (02) 6277 7270 or 0438 611 296

   

  Last updated 1 July 2002

URL: http://www.affa.gov.au/ministers/macdonald/releases/2002/02096m.html Commonwealth of Australia 2002