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

31 August 1999

NEW RESEARCH FOR SOUTHERN OCEAN FISHERIES


The Commonwealth Government has taken a further step in its ongoing campaign to promote sustainable fisheries by announcing a major research programme covering the Southern Ocean region.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Robert Hill, said seven scientists would be employed in Hobart to formulate the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Programme.

"Australia is taking a strong and determined international lead in promoting sustainable fishing. This new programme will provide a sound scientific basis for fisheries management in the Southern Ocean," Senator Hill said.

"The creation of the new program by the Australian Antarctic Division will further enhance Australia's focus on its commitment to the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and raise our national visibility in this important area.

"The program will be conducting research aimed at the best management strategies to achieve ecological sustainability of Southern Ocean fisheries, while allowing for development of its economic potential.

"The Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program, will be based at the Australian Antarctic Division in Kingston, Tasmania. It will employ seven research scientists and four support staff and will be supplemented by Australian and overseas researchers and scientists," Senator Hill said.

Australia's Antarctic Program now consists of ten research programs: Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Biology, Glaciology, Human Impacts, Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography, Geosciences, Cosmic Ray Physics, Human Biology and Medicine, and Astronomy.

Media contacts:
Rod Bruem (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640 or 041112 8582
Australian Antarctic Division: Tina Maher 03 6232 3513

Visit the Antarctic Division website at http://www.aad.gov.au

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