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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 702

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Prime Minister noted the apparent success of the policy adopted by the Government of Ecuador in assuming sovereignty of fishing waters up to 200 miles off-shore.

(2)   Does Ecuador require fishing licences costing $US10,000 from vessels of other nations operating in her territorial waters.

(3)   When does the Government intend to prevent continued depredation of Australian fishing waters by foreign vessels.

Senator WRIGHT - The Minister for Foreign Affairs has furnished the following reply:

(1)   I am aware that the Government of Ecuador claims jurisdiction over fisheries in waters up to 200 miles off-shore and frequently takes action against vessels operating without its approval in those waters.

(2)   There are two fees charged by the Government of Ecuador, an annual registration fee of $US350 and a licence fee of$US20 per nett registered ton.

(3)   The Government has no knowledge of any present fishing activities by foreign vessels in Australian waters likely to cause depredation.

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