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BIG NEW PRAWNING GROUND FOUND

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY. MR. C .F. ADERMANN.

A new p r a w n i n g a r e a o f c o n s i d e r a b l e s i z e h a s b e e n fo u n d

e i g h t t o t e n m i l e s n o r t h o f Cape M o re to n on t h e s o u t h Q u e e n s la n d

c o a s t , t h e M i n i s t e r f o r P r i m a r y I n d u s t r y , Mr. C.F. Adermann, s a i d

t o d a y ,

Mr. Adermann s a i d t h e d i s c o v e r y was made by t h e prawn

t r a w l e r C h a l l e n g e w h ic h i s u n d e r c h a r t e r t o t h e Commonwealth

Government f o r a s u r v e y o f p r a w n i n g g ro u n d s a l o n g t h e e a s t e r n c o a s t

o f A u s t r a l i a u n d e r t h e s u p e r v i s i o n o f o f f i c e r s of t h e F i s h e r i e s

D i v i s i o n of t h e D e p a r t m e n t o f P r i m a r y I n d u s t r y .

" C a t c h e s on t h e new g round h av e b e e n made i n d e p t h s o f

28 to 32 f a t h o m s a t t h e r a t e of 50 l b , to 100 l b , o f k i n g praw ns

an h o u r . The prawns a r e up t o t e n i n c h e s l o n g .

" T h i s c a t c h r a t e i s b e t t e r t h a n t h e l o c a l c a t c h e s a t t h e

p r e s e n t tim e and no d o u b t praw n b o a t s i n t h e l o c a l i t y w i l l t a k e

a d v a n t a g e o f t h e f i n d , " Mr, Adermann s a i d .

The C h a l l e n g e s t a r t e d i t s p r e s e n t s e a s o n ’ s s u r v e y o f f

M oreton I s l a n d on November 2 . The s u r v e y w i l l l a s t 28 weeks and

w i l l e x t e n d a s f a r s o u t h a s L ak e s E n t r a n c e i n V i c t o r i a .

CANBERRA. 1 9 t h November, 1959,