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

3 April 2006

Further advice requested on Orange Roughy nomination

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today announced that further advice would be sought in relation to a nomination to list the commercial fish, Orange Roughy as a threatened species.

The Orange Roughy was nominated for listing as a threatened species under the Australian Government’s environment legislation - the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

“The nomination to list Orange Roughy underwent an assessment by the Australian Government’s independent Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC). The Committee has now provided advice to me,” Senator Campbell said.

“The advice from the Committee indicates that there are serious concerns regarding the long-term conservation of the Orange Roughy.

The Orange Roughy is an important part of the deep water fisheries of the coast of southern Australia. As such, it has been under the active management of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority for a number of years.

“Given that the species forms part of an actively managed fishery it is beholden on me to ensure that I have all the facts relevant to the species survival before me when I make my decision,” Senator Campbell said.

“Accordingly, I have asked for additional analysis in the context of potential biological and ecological implications for the species and how these relate to risk of extinction and potential recovery.

“I will make my decision once I have received and considered carefully the additional advice.

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