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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
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Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -Brockman asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1   ) Will the Minister inform the Senate of:

(a)   the number and identity of boats arrested for illegal fishing in Australian waters in the past two years;

(   b) what charges were laid and what were the results of any court action taken;

(c)   the number and identity of boats escorted out of Australian waters but not arrested; and

(d)   whether any foreign fishing boat in the past years has been suspected of, or found to be engaged in, drug running.

Senator Cavanagh - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a)   and (b) A total of nine (9) fishing vessels have been apprehended for illegal fishing operations in Australian waters since 1 November 197 1. All of these vessels were engaged in commercial operations for Taiwanese interests. The table below sets out the details:


With respect to the four (4) last mentioned cases, an appeal to the Northern Territory Supreme Court resulted in the vessels Lan Yang No. 2 and Yung Yuan No. 22 being returned to the owners. In addition agreement was reached with the owners whereby the catches of the four (4) vessels were returned to them. These two vessels together with the catches and crews of the four (4) vessels returned to Taiwan.


In the last mentioned two cases the Masters spent some five and half ( 5.5 ) weeks in goal, and following determination of appeal hearing the fines were waived and the Masters repatriated to Taiwan.

(c)   A total of 8 1 fishing vessels have been escorted from the exclusive fishing zone adjacent to the Australian mainland during the past two (2) years. All were small sail-powered Indonesian vessels which were found to be engaged in subsistence fishing.

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