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Beddall must act to ensure marlin fish are protected



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John Anderson, MR Deputy Leader, National Party of Australia Shadow Minister for Primary Industry Media

Canberra: Phone f06) 2 7 7 4074

Gunnedah: Phone (067) 42 3155 Release

BED DALL M U ST A C T TO ENSURE M ARLIN FISH A R E P R O TEC TED

National Party Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Primary Industry John Anderson has called on Minister Beddall to ensure the protection of Blue and Black Marlin.

Yesterday, at the invitation of Queensland Senator Bill O'Chee, Mr Anderson met with representatives of the Cairns Professional Fishermen, and was very concerned to learn that the voluntary ban on the taking of these fish is not being observed.

He said there was even talk about these magnificent fish being clubbed to death and finishing up in interstate fish markets.

"The Minister must work closely with the Queensland Government to ensure this barbaric practice is stamped out and that the perpetrators are prosecuted," Mr Anderson said.

"This type of cruelty must not be tolerated."

Mr Anderson said that both commercial and recreational fishermen were in agreement on the voluntary ban on the taking of these Marlin and it must be made to work.

"If it does not, stronger measures, such as a mandatory ban, must be considered," he said.

On the matter of expanding commercial tuna fishing into Area E of the Great Barrier Marine Park, Mr Anderson said the Australian Fisheries Management Authority did not support this expansion, and he believed their decision should be upheld.

end 15 June 1995

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