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Tuesday, 4 May 1971

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answers to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   It is assumed that this question refers to moneys available from the Fishing Industry Research Account, which was established under the Fishing Industry Research Act 1969. Under this Act the Commonwealth pays into an account an amount equal to that raised by the States from the fishing industry and paid by the States into their own fisheries research funds, which are used by the States to finance State projects. The Commonwealth fund which comprises the Commonwealth contribution only, is administered by the Minister for Primary Industry and is available to finance projects likely to make the most significant contribution to the Australian fishing industry. The first grants from this fund will be for the 1971-72 financial year. The Commonwealth's liability to the Fishing Industry Research Trust Account as at 30th June 1971 is expected to be about $492,000.

(2)   As the first grants from the Fishing Industry Research Trust Account will be for the 1971- 72 financial year no moneys have yet been expended.

(3)   Grants from the Fishing Industry Research Trust Account to the following organisations for 1971-72 have been approved on the recommendation of the Fishing Industry Research Committee:

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Division of Fisheries and Oceanography and Division of Food Research - Research on the prawn fishery in northern Australian waters, and investigations into the factors affecting the quality of abalone and prawn products.

Victorian Department of Fisheries and Wildlife - Research on the school and gummy shark fisheries of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales;

New South Wales State Fisheries, Chief Secretary's Department - Research on oyster cultivation in New South Wales waters.

The Commonwealth Department of Primary Industry (on behalf of the Australian Fisheries Council) - training of fisheries officers; and conducting a National Fisheries Seminar.

Western Australian Department of Fisheries and Fauna - Research on rock lobsters in West Australian waters.

Western Australian Department of Fisheries and Fauna and the Western Australian Branch of the Australian Fishing Industry Council - Scholarships for fishery students.

Further details on these projects and the amounts involved were given in a press release of 20th April 1971.

(4)   The applications which were not recommended by the Fishing Industry Research Committee are as follows:

Mr A.G. Shanahan Moreton Bay, Queensland, Development of an oyster (spat) catching frame.

Taronga Zoological Park Trust - New South Wales, Use of high volume pump for zoo plankton collection.

New South Wales State Fisheries - Brackish water trout culture at Port Stephens.

New South Wales State Fisheries - Investigation of latest developments in overseas aquaculture.

University of New South Wales and the New South Wales State Fisheries - Raft culture of mussels in south east Australia.

Ulladulla Fishermen's Co-operative - Survey of the potential of commercial fisheries in the Ulladulla area.

Mr K.Flynn Establishment of a prawn, oyster and crab farm at Cairns, Queensland.

Oxley Regional Development Committee - Survey of the sportfishing potential of the Oxley Region of New South Wales.

Victorian Department of Fisheries and Wildlife - Scallop culture in Port Phillip Bay.

Tasmanian Department of Agriculture - Mariculture, research and development.

The C. Hulls Co.- New South Wales, development of ferry-cement fishing boats.

South Australian Department of Fisheries and Fauna Conservation and Adelaide University - Study of abalone ecology in South Australian waters.

Tasmanian Department of Agriculture - Survey of pelagic fish resources.

CSIRO Division of Food Research- Study visit to Europe by an officer of the Division.

CSIRO Division of Fisheries and oceanography and Queensland Department of Primary Industries - Prawn research on Queensland's east coast.

British Tobacco (Aust.) Ltd - Aquaculture of tiger prawns at Moreton Bay, Queensland.

Queensland University - Study of Eastern Australian Flathead.

Queensland University - Purchase of a trawler for research work.

Mr R.K.. Bryson Townsville, Queensland, Tropical oyster culture.

Sevrup Fisheries Pty Ltd - Brackish water culture of trout and salmon at Bridport, Tasmania.

Bermagui Fishermen's Co-operative - Survey of the scallop resources of the Bermagui area.

The Hunter Valley Research Foundation - Study of fish marketing and potential in New South Wales.

Queensland University - Study of invertebrates in Moreton Bay.

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