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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
15 September 2005
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:
"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.
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