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Statement Toy the. Minister for Primary Industry, Mr, CoF. Adermann .

’'Domestic fisheries are supplying a "bigger share of

the fish eaten hy Australians, This is a very satisfactory

development," the Minister for Primary Industry,

Mr, 0,F. Λdermaan, said today0

Mr, Adermann was commenting on the result of the

1961-62 fishing year, highlights of which are : · '

o Australians total edihle fisheries production was

valued at £11+a 2 m, (£13 m» the previous year), "

0 Imports of fresh or frozen fish fell "by 7% in ·

volume, canned fish hy 20%, and smoked or dried

fish hy 4%» Value of imports was £8»5 rce (£9.7 ni»

in 1960-61)e

o Exports of edihle fish were worth' £6,.5 m a (£4» 4 m c

.in 196Ο-61), of which crayfish (tails and whole)

provided 96%o Exports of inedible fish products were

worth,£ 1=3 m , , about half "being whale oil, and a

quarter provided hy pearl shell,

Mr, Adermann said Australia prawn production in

19bl-b2 had jumped 43% to a record 9=4 ra, Ih, This rise

was due to increased catches in Few South Wales and

Queensland, in hath of which States records were "broken,

N.S,Wc, with 4» 7 m. Id,, passed Queensland’s 4t.4 m, Ih,

to receiver first place in prawn production, which Queensland

had held for five years.

However, the Queensland prawn season was so good that

fishermen paid little attention to scallops and State.

production of the latter fish fell 75%» Total Australian

scallop production was down hy 25%» The average price of

prawns fell ah out 7% compared w ith·the previous year,

while the_pvalue of the scallop catch fell 35%»

Crayfish production rose 5% In volume,' hut the value

of the catch improved_16% mainly due to higher prices

paid hy U.S, importers»

The sealed fish catch was 11% bigger, totalling 78»7 m,

lb, , worth nearly £6 ra. This was the largest catch since

1948-49y and the third largest, in the past 25 years*?

Mr, Adermann said that four States - Queensland,

Western Australia., South Australia and Tasmania contributed

most to.this improvement, Queensland’s mullet catch rose

substantially, while an excellent salmon season in Western

Australia and good barracouta and salmon landings, in

Tasmania also helped. South Australia had a record tuna

catch, while a poor tuna season caused a slight setback

in total production in F, S „W,

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"If this progress can he maintained, Australian fisheries

will play an even more important part in feeding cur -

growing population and in contributing to our export inc'cme«

"I think there is still much scope for the expansion

of cur domestic fisheries, especially with imports standing

at £805 m „ c o m p a r e d with total domestic production of .

£1U.2 m„ - a figure which includes our quite substantial .

exports, .

"Australians generally are not at present nig fish

eaters, hut the taste for fish seems to he growing,

probably influenced by the number of migrants arriving from

countries where fish is a popular item of diet.

"In the meantime, the'Commonwealth Government is

assisting the industry through fisheries-surveys, research

and training schemes," Mr, Adevmann said* '


December 2, 1962 - Γ ..Μ.