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Viarsa 1 arrival: update.



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AFFA03/207MJ - 29 September 2003

Australian Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation - Senator Ian Macdonald Australian Minister for Justice and Customs - Senator Chris Ellison

Viarsa 1 arrival - update

The Australian Government has today released details of the current location of the vessel suspected of illegally fishing for Patagonian toothfish in Australia's Southern Ocean.

The Viarsa 1 was about 700 nautical miles west of Fremantle at midday (Monday September 29), and was travelling towards the Western Australian coast at a speed of about eight knots.

Fisheries Minister Senator Ian Macdonald, and Justice and Customs Minister Senator Chris Ellison, said the Viarsa 1 and the Australian Customs boat Southern Supporter were expected to arrive in Fremantle on Thursday morning (October 2).

Further media inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's Office: David Crisafulli (02) 6277 7270 or 0400 144 483 Senator Ellison's Office: Michael Barrett (02) 6277 7260 or 0419 424 359