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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

14 December 2000

Trawl Management Plan For Queensland

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said today that the Commonwealth Government was considering Mr Beattie's latest trawl management proposal.

"The Queensland Government initially invited the Commonwealth to contribute to a $30 million structural adjustment scheme for the trawl fishery," Senator Hill said.

"The fishing industry was to contribute $10 million to match equal contributions from the Commonwealth government and the Queensland government.

"Mr Beattie's latest proposal does not include a $10 million contribution from industry.

"Instead, Mr Beattie is proposing an across the board 5% round-down on effort unit allocations for all trawl operators.

"The Commonwealth is concerned that this may disadvantage smaller family operators and has sought advice from the peak industry body, the Queensland Seafood Industry Association.

"In particular, Mr Beattie's latest proposal will result in fewer licences being bought out. The Commonwealth is concerned that this may leave a larger number of marginal operators in the fishery.

"The Commonwealth also remains concerned that Mr Beattie's latest proposal fails to achieve the Commonwealth's stated requirement that 90% of the effort reduction must occur in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area."

December 14, 2000

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