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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
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Senator Cash asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 4 February 2009:

Excluding vessels that are believed to be fishing legitimately in certain areas of the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (AEEZ), such as the MoU Box, how many sightings of foreign fishing vessels were recorded by Australian Fisheries Management Authority vessels, Coastwatch and Australian Defence Force aircraft in AEEZ waters between the Western Australian coastline and the Indonesian archipelago, for each of the following financial years: (a) 2004-05; (b) 2005-06; (c) 2006-07; and (d) 2007-08.


Senator Sherry (Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

There are no Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) vessels employed to conduct patrols of Australia’s EEZ. AFMA relies on the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Defence vessels to conduct response taskings on behalf of AFMA.

Border Protection Command (BPC) maintains a database of FFV sightings reported by Customs and Border Protection and Defence aircraft in the Area of Interest.

Sightings of FFVs within West Australian AEEZ 18S to 129E not including Type 1s# and Type 2s# in the MOU Box (Does not include BPC Surveillance Area 9 - Cocos & Christmas Islands)

CW Aircraft

ADF Aircraft

Total

2007-08

631

220

851

2006-07

1216

90^

1306^

2005-06

2226

*

2226*

2004-05

1772

*

1772*

# Traditional sail powered vessels which can fish legitimately in the AEEZ MoU Box (map provided).

^ Defence sighting data not available prior to January 2007.

* Defence sighting data for this period is not available.