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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Scientists to examine abalone beds.

Scientists to examine abalone beds. 12/11/2005. ABC News Online

A scientific study will endeavour to find out why some of Tasmania's abalone beds recover quicker from fishing than others.

The Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute will carry out the research over the next three years in the hope of finding ways to better protect the precious resource.

The abalone industry will be worth more than a $100 million to the Tasmanian economy this year.

Professor Colin Buxton from the institute says scientists will be using particular areas on the east coast as test beds, and then apply those results to other beds around Tasmania.

"Some of them seem to be more resilient to exploitation than others and what we're trying to do is understand why it is that some parts of the state seem to have recovered more slowly than others," he said.

Professor Buxton says the research will be a significant help in managing the resource.

"It enables us to understand just how this fishery behaves to exploitation and makes us that much more confident that what we doing is not going to collapse the fishery," he said.

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