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Shark bay snapper netting prohibited



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY

CANBERRA

PI85/69 17 April 1985

SHARK BAY SNAPPER NETTING PROHIBITED

The Minister for Primary Industry, mr John Kerin and the West Australian Minister for Fisheries, Mr Dave Evans, have announced that from today netting of snapper in Shark Bay, Western Australia is prohibited.

The Ministers said they were forced to act because of reports that some fishermen were planning to ignore an earlier warning by Mr Evans against gearing up to trawl in the area which traditionally has been fished by line and traps.

They said the area to be affected includes all waters between latitudes 26 degrees 30 minutes South and 24 degrees 30 minutes South and east of logitude 112 degrees 30 minutes East.

They said that this would keep trawlers well away from the traditional snapper grounds.

The Ministers stated that the area where fishermen in the Shark Bay beach seine and mesh net fishery had previously taken snapper is exempted from the closure.

The Ministers said that the ban did not apply to the existing prawn and scallop fisheries in the area.

Contact: Bruce Lilburn (062) 72 5659