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Budget: $3 million tuna research boost: 2002-2003 Budget.

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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

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AFFA02/1 Budget 12 May 2002


Budget - $3 Million Tuna Research Boost

A $3 million contribution to a joint scientific research program into southern bluefin tuna will help deliver the best available international data to assist industry, Government and environmental decision-making, Federal Fisheries Minister, Senator Ian Macdonald, said today.

Senator Macdonald said the $3 million Budget contribution is Australia’s share of the costs of the joint international research program, with Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea also contributing on an equal basis.

“When we consider that southern bluefin tuna farming operations in Port Lincoln alone are worth over $250 million per year to the regional economy, it’s vital that the best information is available to maintain the sustainable use of this fishery,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The project will be managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna which is the regional fisheries management organisation responsible for administering the southern bluefin tuna fishery throughout the migratory range of the species.

“The scientific research program will provide improved knowledge on the status of the global southern bluefin tuna resources and allow countries to decide on the future management of this fishery, based on the best available science.

“The Government already funds ongoing engagement in the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna’s negotiations and this program will provide a significant boost to our knowledge and role in international southern bluefin tuna management.”

Senator Macdonald said he understood the

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Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna had been frustrated over the uncertainty of past southern bluefin tuna data and that this new scientific research program would address the issue. 

“A greater understanding of the state of the southern bluefin tuna resources will allow the international community to better manage this important resource and will be of significant benefit to the Australian tuna industry and the wider community,” Senator Macdonald said.

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: David Fraser 0438 644 030 or (02) 6277 7270


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