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Thursday, 1 December 1960

Mr ADERMANN - The honorable member has asked whether crayfishing grounds of Geraldton are in danger of being fished out. I should say that there is always that danger if any particular fishing ground is over-exploited. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, the Western Australian Fisheries Department and the Department of Primary Industry are keeping in touch with the matter, because we believe that these crayfishing grounds have been fully exploited and need watching and conserving. With respect to the development of a tuna fishing industry, the Department of Primary Industry, in conjunction with the C.S.I.R.O. and the departments responsible for fisheries in all the States, has undertaken an investigation into the possible development of this industry, because canned Australian tuna is being favorably received in various markets. We are hopeful that as a result of what has been done on the southern coast of New South Wales and in the Port Lincoln area of South Australia we shall be able to develop the tuna industry.

If the honorable member has any particular proposition to put to me for research in the Geraldton area and the use of money from the Fisheries Development Trust Account, I shall be very pleased to receive his proposal. It will receive due attention in connexion with our general investigations into the development of the tuna industry.

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