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MEDIA MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRYCANBERRA RELEASEP I 8 5 /7 5 22 A p r i l 1985FISHING INDUSTRY RESEARCH BOOSTThe M i n i s t e r f o r P r ia m u ry I n d u s t r y , Mr J o h n K e r i n , to d a y a n n o u n ce d g r a n t s f o r th e f i s h i n g i n d u s t r y r e s e a r c h t o t a l l i n g $ 3 , 5 9 6 , 7 0 4 .Mr K e r in s a i d t h a t t h e g r a n t s w ould s u p p o r t 32 c o n t i n u i n g p r o j e c t s and 37 new p r o j e c t s c o v e r i n g b i o l o g i c a l and s c i e n t i f i c r e s e a r c h , g e a r te c h n o l o g y , e x p l o r a t o r y f i s h i n g , e d u c a t i o n , e x t e n s i o n and s e a f o o d h a n d l i n g and m a r k e t i n g ." R e s e a r c h , e s p e c i a l l y i n t o t h e s t a t e o f t h e n a t i o n ' s f i s h i n g r e s e o u r c e s , w i l l e n a b le b e t t e r m anagem ent, more e f f i c i e n t u s e o f r e s o u r c e s and im proved p r o f i t a b i l i t y , " Mr K e r in s a i d .The M i n i s t e r s a i d t h a t s u b s t a n t i a l fu n d s h a v e b e e n g i v e n t h i s y e a r in t h i s r e g a r d ."A m a jo r lo g b o o k p ro g ram c o s t i n g $ 2 5 0 ,0 0 0 w i l l be i n t r o d u c e d f o r t h e S o u th E a s t T raw l F i s h e r y and f u n d s w i l l be p r o v i d e d f o r r e s e a r c h on r e d f i s h , s n a p p e r and f l a t h e a d s t o c k s o f f t h e e a s t c o a s t , " h e s a i d ."As w e l l , $ 8 7 ,0 0 0 w i l l be p r o v id e d f o r r e s e a r c h in d e v e lo p m e n t o f t h e m a c k e r a l f i s h e r y i n s o u th e a s t e r n w a t e r s , " Mr K e r i n s a i d .Tne M i n i s t e r s a i d t n a t $ 1 8 0 ,0 0 0 w i l l be s p e n t on u p g r a d i n g r e s e a r c h and m o n i t o r i n g t h e S o u th e r n S h a rk F i s h e r y and $ 2 4 3 ,0 0 0 w i l l be s p e n t i n s u p p o r t o f a b a lo n e f i s h i n g ." I n t h e a r e a o f a q u a c u l t u r e , i t h a s b e e n d e c i d e d t o p r o v i d e $ 1 6 0 ,0 0 t h r o u g h t h e W este rn A u s t r a l i a n D e p a r tm e n t o f F i s h e r i e s and W i l d l i f e t o im prove th e a v a i l a b i l i t y p e a r l o y s t e r s f o r p e a r l c u l t i v a t i o n . ยท"The NSW D e p a r tm e n t o f A g r i c u l t u r e w e i l l r e c e i v e $ 5 8 ,0 0 0 f o r a prawn f a r m in g p ond management p r o j e c t , " Mr K e r in s a i d .The M i n i s t e r s a i d t h a t a l l t h e s e p r o j e c t s h ad b e e n fu n d e d t h r o u g h t h e Commonwealth F i s h i n g I n d u s t r y R e s e a r c h T r u s t A c c o u n t w h ic h i s s u p p o r t e d on a d o l l a r f o r d o l l a r b a s i s by G overnm ent and i n d u s t r y .The M i n i s t e r s a i d t h a t he was s t i l l to r e c e i v e r e c o m m e n d a tio n s in r e l a t i o n t o s e v e r a l o t h e r a p p l i c a t i o n s i n c l u d i n g t h r e e p r o j e c t s f o r t h e N o r th e r n Prawn F i s h e r y (NPF) and t h e s e w i l l be a n n o u n ced a s so o n a s p o s s i b l e ." G r a n ts t o t a l l i n g more th a n $ 1 0 0 ,0 0 0 h a v e a l r e a d y b e en p r o v i d e d f o r two e x i s t i n g p r o j e c t s in t h e NPF in t h i s y e a r ' s a l l o c a t i o n , " Mr K e rin s a i d .CONTACT: W a lte r P e a rs o n (062) 72 6649 (N o te : A f u l l l i s t o ft h e p r o j e c t s fu n d e d t h i s y e a r i s a v a i l a b l e fro m A u s t r a l i a n F i s h e r i e s S e r v i c e , D e p a rtm e n t o f P r im a r y I n d u s t r y , C a n b e r r a .)