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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3159


Mr Cohen asked the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 19 February 1980:

(   1) Is it a fact that under the Fisheries Agreement, signed between Australia and Japan on 17 October 1979, Japanese longline fishermen are allowed to fish within the boundaries of the Capricornia section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

(2)   Have Japanese longline fishermen fished within the boundaries of the Capricornia section of the Marine Park since 2 1 October 1979; if so, what fish have been caught, and how large was the catch.

(3)   Was the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority consulted in respect of the areas of the Great Barrier Reef region which Japanese longliners would be permitted to fish.

(4)   Was the Park Authority consulted over whether the Japanese fishermen would have access to fish within the Capricornia section of the Marine Park.


Mr Thomson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Subsidiary Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Japan concerning Japanese tuna longline fishing provides for the exclusion of Japanese longliners from all of the Capricornia Section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, apart from an area eastward of the 200 metre line. It is estimated that the area eastward of the 200 metre line covers about 15 per cent of the Capricornia Section. The matter of excluding the Japanese fishing vessels from the remainder of Capricornia Section after the expiry of the current agreement on 3 1 October 1 980 is under consideration.

(2)   There have been no reports of sightings or of catches by Japanese longliners in this small area of the Capricornia Section since the Subsidiary Agreement came into force on 1 November 1979.

(3)   and (4) No, but the Japanese have been advised that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is seeking exclusion of the longliners from the remaining portion of the Capricornia Section. They have been put on notice that the matter will, subject to Government consideration, be raised during the renegotiation of the agreement to operate from 1 November 1980.







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