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Quoata arrangements for Southern Bluefin tuna



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MEDIA RELEASEMinister for Primary Industries and EnergySimon Crean, MR DPIE91/253C 11 October 1991

Q U O T A A R R A N G E M E N T S F O R S O U T H E R N B L U E F IN TU N A

Australia, Japan and New Zealand have agreed to restrict their global catch of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) during 1991-92 to the same level as the previous year, the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Mr Simon Crean, announced today.

The global limit of 11750 tonnes was set at the annual voluntary trilateral negotiations for management of SBT held recently in Wellington, New Zealand.

The three countries agreed to maintain their individual allocations within the quota at last year’s levels of 6065 tonnes for Japan, 5265 tonnes for Australia and 420 tonnes for New Zealand.

“The parties also reaffirmed the need to gradually move towards targetting larger fish.

“This should help to reduce the impact of catches on the stock, which scientific evidence shows is still in a depleted state”, Mr Crean said.

M r Crean said the scientific evidence available to the negotiating parties indicated there were unacceptable risks associated with any movement up from present catch levels.

“The parties accepted the approach of maintaining these levels for one further year while new information about the nature of the stocks is collected and assessed.

“The scientists identified deficiencies and delays in the technical information used to develop the scientific assessments which underpin the management of the fishery.

“This has been an ongoing problem and I am encouraged by the high priority the trilateral parties are giving to finding ways of making accurate scientific data available as quickly as possible”, M r Crean said.

“The parties have also recognised the need for an effective formal agreement for the international management of SBT which would include catches by countries outside the present informal trilateral framework”, he said.

Information: David Courts, Australian Fisheries Service, (06) 272 5052 Martin Exel, Australian Fisheries Service, (06) 272 5180 Catherine Payne/Paul Costantoura, Minister’s Office, (06) 277 7520

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