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East Coast Trawl Fishery Task Force draft report on future management

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PI 85/24 21 February 1985.

East Coast Trawl Fishery Task Force

Draft Report on Future Management

The Chairman of the East COast Trawl Task Force,

Mr Bernard Scott, announced today the release of the final

draft report on the proposed future management arrangements for

east coast trawl fishery.

Mr Scott said that the report was being released to

industry and government to provide interested parties with an

opportunity to comment on the findings and recommendations of

the Task Force prior to the finalisation and submission of the

report to government in July 1985.

The report outlines some of the fundamental economic,

biological, social and political problems which were evident

and provides recommendations aimed at addressing these problems.

The basic objective of the plan is to provide a stable

environment within which fishermen can operate and it looks

towards the longer term to ensure the future of the fishery.

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Copies of the proposed management plan can be obtained

from the New South Wales and Queensland fisheries authorities,

Fishermen's Co-operatives and branches of the Queensland

Commercial Fishermen's Organisation and the New South Wales

Association of Professional Fishermen or by contacting the

Secretary, East Coast Trawl Fishery Task Force, C/- Australian

Fisheries Service, Department of Primary Industry, Canberra ACT

2600, (Phone 062 725282).

Comments on the proposed plan should be forwarded

through industry- organisations or government and industry task

force members to the Secretary of the Task Force at the above

address by 31 March 1985.