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Question Without Notice No. 457 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 May 2020 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

SCALLOP FISHERY — ABROLHOS ISLANDS AND SHARK BAY

457. Hon PETER COLLIER to the minister representing the Minister for Fisheries:

My question without notice is asked on behalf of Hon Jim Chown, who is away on urgent parliamentary business.

I refer to the answer given to question without notice 410, asked on 13 May 2020.

(1) Which representatives of the Abrolhos Islands and midwest trawl–managed fishery has the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development been engaging with?

(2) On how many occasions has DPIRD engaged with each entity?

(3) In what form did these engagements take place?

(4) In what time frame does the minister anticipate a decision to be made regarding the voluntary fisheries adjustment scheme issue raised by the scallop industry?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Fisheries.

(1)–(4) At the request of the Minister for Fisheries, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has been engaging closely with licence holders and representatives of the Abrolhos Islands midwest trawl scallop industry. This engagement includes written correspondence, phone calls and videoconferences. The minister anticipates a decision on this matter will be forthcoming in the near future.