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Workshop reviews key trans-Tasman fishery.



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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

Home Back to Media Releases AFFA02/98M 28 June 2002

 

Workshop reviews key trans-Tasman fishery

New management practices for a fish stock shared by Australian and New Zealand industry are being examined following a high-level fisheries workshop in Hobart.

Senator Ian Macdonald, the Minister responsible for Commonwealth fisheries, said the workshop had examined ways of improving management of the important straddling stock of orange roughy on the South Tasman Rise.

The South Tasman Rise, 200 nautical miles south of Tasmania and straddling Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the high seas, is an important fishery with the orange roughy component managed under a bilateral arrangement with New Zealand.

Senator Macdonald said the South Tasman Rise orange roughy fishery is valuable to both Australia and New Zealand and subsequently sustainable and responsible management is vital.

“Orange roughy is biologically a relatively fragile species, and past fishing raids on the high seas section of the Rise are suspected of having a negative impact on the distant water fishery,” Senator Macdonald said.

He said the workshop in Hobart last month brought together key groups, including industry, government and scientific representatives, to discus future management options for the fishery, particularly the process of setting a total allowable catch (TAC).”

“It is becoming increasingly clear that orange roughy fisheries in different areas can exhibit extremely different characteristics, implying that different styles of assessment and management may be appropriate,” Senator Macdonald said.

“We currently have some of the best fisheries minds on the planet examining the South Tasman Rise Fishery to this end, the result could be a world first in orange roughy management.”

Senator Macdonald said negotiations in line with the provisions of the bilateral agreement with New Zealand on orange roughy had resulted in a reduction in the global TAC from 2,400 to 1,800 tonnes for the 2002-03 season. He said Australia’s

allocation of the TAC would be 1,350 tonnes, with the remainder going to New Zealand.

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: Zac Donovan (02) 6277 7270 or 0438 611 296

   

  Last updated 1 July 2002

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