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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 214

Senator WRIGHT - In answer to a question asked of me yesterday by Senator Townley, 1 said that I would like to take the opportunity of the adjournment to obtain a factual answer in regard to that question concerning Tasmanian shipping insofar as it came within my responsibility as Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science who is responsible for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. My advice to the to the Senate is that CSIRO has not made a scientific assessment of the permanent potential catch of fish from eastern Australian waters. However, a rough first estimate of fish stocks was made in 1967 as a basis for discussing fishery development priorities. This estimate was presented to the Australian Fisheries Development Conference in 1967. If the honourable senator wishes. I shall obtain the record for him.

CSIRO has advocated a fishery based on some of the species in which the proposed Tasmanian fishmeal industry is interested. But no definitive study has been made on the likely impact of the fishmeal industry. With regard to the other part of the question. I am informed that the Victorian Fisheries and Wildlife Department is undertaking a study on the mercury content of sharks but CSIRO are not involved in such studies.

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