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Minister for the Environment and Heritage Senator for Western Australia

Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

Media Release Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

15 September 2005


Minister represents Australia at APEC oceans meeting The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, will deliver a statement outlining Australia’s views and position on oceans-related policies at a meeting of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Environment Ministers this week.

The second APEC Ocean Related Ministerial Meeting (AOMM) is being held in Indonesia, and has attracted ministers from 20 APEC member economies.

Senator Campbell will attend ministerial sessions on September 16 and 17 and participate in developing the Bali Plan Of

Action (BPA), which will set out APEC’s collective strategy and actions for managing regional oceans. Some of the areas of management include:

● Illegal fishing - consideration for improved regional monitoring and surveillance.

● Post Tsunami Recovery - consideration for development of a database of tsunami related work for APEC

economies to update and view. ● Australian Tsunami Early Warning System (ATWS) - Australia will establish an ATWS that will provide reliable

warnings to the southwest Pacific and western Indian oceans. ● Marine protected areas - The Australian Government is committed to establishing a national representative system

of marine protected areas within its marine jurisdiction. ● Coastal policy - Australia needs to consider how coastal development is affecting the ecological health of the


"Our region collectively harvests more than 75 per cent of the world’s annual fish catch and our economies make up more than 70 per cent of the world’s market for fish and fish products. We need to protect our oceans’ health and vitality," Senator Campbell said.

"Since APEC ocean ministers last met in Seoul in 2002 we’ve made progress and we need to do more especially in areas such as illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, over fishing, marine pests and marine debris and pollution.

"The Bali Plan of Action will guide us on the practical steps to achieve world-leading, sustainable ocean management, development and conservation in our region," Senator Campbell said.

Media contact: Renae Stoikos (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

Last updated: Thursday, 15-Sep-2005 18:26:50 EST

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