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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Tasmania?s Fisheries Already Secured -

Tasmania?s Fisheries Already Secured - Steven Kons, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

he Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Steve Kons, commended the $220 million Commonwealth fisheries package announced on Thursday, but stressed Tasmanian fisheries had already been secured.

?I commend the Commonwealth on taking steps to ensure the Commonwealth fisheries around South East Australia are put on a sustainable footing and welcome the discussion to reduce the Total Allowable Catch in a number of fisheries,? Mr Kons said.

?However, I am concerned that the Parliament Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Richard Colbeck, has implied that the package offered will secure the future of Tasmania?s fisheries.

?It?s disappointing that Senator Colbeck disregard the measures already agreed to by Tasmanian fishermen to guarantee the sustainability of their resource.

?Tasmania?s fisheries are already managed in a sustainable manner and the Commonwealth measures are a matter of catching up.?

He said Tasmania?s rock lobster and abalone fisheries were among the first to be given accreditation for sustainability by the Commonwealth Minister for Environment.

Mr Kons said Thursday?s announcement concerned Commonwealth fisheries adjacent to Tasmanian fisheries.

?We are now in the enviable position of concentrating on getting maximum benefit out of our fisheries, which are based on a total catch management system.?

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