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New Atlas of Out South-Eastern Marine Resources.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 620 Published: 22/3/2002 Title: New Atlas of Out South-Eastern Marine Resources

A new atlas produced by the Bureau of Rural Sciences provides a much more accurate picture of the marine resources of south-eastern Australia, Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn commented today.

Mr Nairn was commenting following the launch of this valuable resource by the Minister responsible for Commonwealth fisheries, Senator Ian Macdonald.

“For the first time, a consolidated picture is available of an area starting just south of Bermagui to Cape Jervis in South Australia, encompassing Victoria, Tasmania and Macquarie Island,” said Mr Nairn.

“This region is one of the busiest fishery regions in Australia and is home to 32 commercial fisheries, including those in Eden-Monaro. It therefore supports many direct and indirect jobs.

“This atlas shows exactly where the fishing is taking place, how much is being caught and the value of each catch to the regional economy.

“The beauty of this atlas is that it also shows many other activities besides fishing, including shipping and petroleum exploration.

“Through the use of 90 full-colour maps, the atlas describes the social characteristics of the region’s many coastal communities and explores the links they have to the industry.

“From here, the Government can examine a stretch of area, such as the far south coast of New South Wales and gauge its importance to industries such as fishing, its cultural and environmental values and its importance to local communities.

“I hope this atlas proves to be useful to the Government and the industry alike, and that they will

both be able to benefit from what it shows,” concluded Mr Nairn.