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New management of Northern Prawn Fishery is a win-win for operators and environment.



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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

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AFFA02/19M 28 February 2002

 

New management of Northern Prawn Fishery is a win-win for operators and environment

The amended management plan for the $165 million a year Northern Prawn Fishery has resulted not only in more sustainable fishing controls, but also improved the economic efficiency for commercial fishing operators.

Federal Fisheries Minister Senator Ian Macdonald, today released two scientific research reports from the highly respected Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) into the impact of amendments made to the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan in November 1999. He said the reports had found that the new arrangements to protect the sustainability of tiger prawn stocks are also expected to reduce costs to operators and improve the net commercial return of the fishery.

“ABARE conducted a baseline study of the fishery, and its economic performance, which will be a useful tool for ongoing monitoring and assessment of amended management arrangements for the Northern Prawn Fishery,” Senator Macdonald said

“Advances in technology were increasing the catch of prawns beyond that originally envisaged by the old controls and new arrangements had to be put in place to protect the fishery, and the brown tiger prawn stocks in particular.

“ABARE found the replacement of restrictions on engine power and boat size with gear based management, that is, controls on the fishing gear itself, is expected to generate efficiency gains and improve operator returns by allowing operators to lower the costs of fishing.

“ABARE has estimated that, in the case of the switch to gear-based management, and a 15 percent reduction in headrope length, the effective fishing effort (take) would be

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reduced by 6 per cent, 2.6 per cent and 0.1 per cent respectively for small, medium and large boats, and would also reduce fishing costs by 7.4 per cent, 6.8 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively.

“The report also says the amended management plan is not expected to have a significant economic impact on the ports of Fremantle, Darwin and Cairns, which are major providers of port services to the Northern Prawn Fishery fleet.

“The new management plan is a win-win for industry and the environment, demonstrating that by commonsense regulatory changes we can put in place more effective controls on the fishery and cater for commercial demands as well,” Senator Macdonald said.

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: David Moore 0417 774 724 or (07) 4771 3066

   

  Last updatedv 28 February 2002

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