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From June 1, 2009, fishing will be
allowed in the southeastern area of the
Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery
Virtually no fishing has occurred in the
fishery since 1998 and a zero Total
Allowable Catch (TAC) has been in place
for commercial and doughboy scallop
since the beginning of 2006.
From June 1, the TAC of 2,650 tonnes
will be in place. This includes a 150-tonne
research catch allowance.
"Industry-based research surveys
have provided valuable information
about the size and extent of the scallop
stocks and indicate that fishing can
again be sustained in some areas of the
fishery," said the Australian Fishery
Management Authority's (AFMA) CEO
"Now the fishery has a harvest strategy
in place, which will provide a framework
for the sustainable management of the
fishery into the future."
Re-opening of Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery
AFMA CEO Glenn Hurry
Port Melbourne Primary School students
yesterday participated in the Port of
Melbourne Corporation's (PoMC) new
Schools on Board programme, which
aims to foster a better understanding of
the role of the port, shipping and
Students visited the containership
'MSC Rafaela' which was berthed at
Patrick's East Swanson Dock Terminal in
Students met the captain and were
given a guided tour of the ship's bridge.
Following the ship visit, the Grade
Five and Six students visited PoMC's
purpose-built Port Education Centre (Port
Ed) for a session with PoMC's Education
Officer, Lauren Lewis.
"The best way to learn about the port
and shipping is to see and experience it at
first hand," said PoMC Chief Executive
Officer, Stephen Bradford.
Success for the educational "kids day out" at Port of Melbourne
Port Melbourne Primary students enjoy the PoMC education programme
Photo courtesy of Port of Melbourne Corporation
ASC has selected a new Chairman,
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, to replace
current Chairman John Prescott who is
to retire at the end of June after nine
years of service.
The fully Commonwealth-owned naval
defence company is yet to fill the position
of Managing Director since the former
MD Greg Tunny left the organisation
following a dispute with Australian
weapons purchaser, Defence Materiel
Organisation (DMO). Mr Graeme Bulmer
continues to act as Managing Director and
CEO while the Board seeks a replacement.
Vice Admiral Ritchie has had a
distinguished naval career, including
terms as both Chief of Navy and the
Australian Defence Force Theatre
Commander, and has served as a Director
on ASC's Board since August, 2007.
ASC is expected to win a large share of an
upcoming project to build new submarines.
These vessels, at the forefront of the
Australian Government's white paper, will
commence building at the end of the next
decade, in a scheme worth over $34 billion.
ASC, formerly the Australian Submarine
Corporation, is the government-owned
naval shipbuilder which constructed the
Royal Australian Navy's Collins-class
submarines. ASC will also build three new
air warfare destroyers for the Navy.
Search for new ASC Chairman over, new Managing Director still to be found
The Collins-class submarine 'HMAS Rankin' was
constructed by the government-owned ASC
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