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Southern bluefin tuna have been spotted
in great numbers in the Great Australian
Bight, reported South Australia's Port
Lincoln Times in December, contrary to
the Federal Government findings that led
to the decision to make the fish a
threatened species under national
A spotting survey on November 22
reported large numbers of southern bluefin
tuna in the Bight, a higher number than
have been seen for a number of years so
early in the season, and large numbers of
fish had been reported off Rottnest Island,
in Western Australia.
"This is the earliest we have seen such
large numbers of fish for years and it's very
similar to last year ... the government got it
very wrong when they agreed to the cut,"
said Hagen Stehr from the Stehr Group.
"The decision was purely political and
was made with no consultation with the
industry." Mr Stehr said there was also a
lack of consultation over the decision to
list the fish as threatened.
The federal government's former
environment minister Peter Garrett
introduced the quota cut, but the Port
Lincoln Times said the industry should
have educated people that the southern
bluefin tuna is not in the same perilous
state as its cousin, the northern bluefin
tuna, which is widely acknowledged to be
at critically low stock levels due to over
fishing and other causes.
Darwin port in record iron ore shipment
A record shipment of iron ore was loaded across East Arm
Wharf in Darwin on December 3.
The 'IOLCOS Pride' set sail with a total load of 84,465 tonnes
of iron ore destined for China.
Northern Territory Transport Minister Gerry McCarthy said
the record shipment beat the previous record set in July by more
than 7,000 tonnes.
"East Arm Wharf is a major strategic asset for the Territory
and plays a vital role in our economic development and ability
to attract new industries," Mr McCarthy said.
"More than $3 billion worth of cargo weighing more than 4.5
million tonnes is moved through East Arm Wharf annually,
which supports 500 industries and thousands of jobs."
Darwin Port Corporation Chief Executive Robert Ritchie said
export of iron ore was from Territory Resources' open-cut mine
at Frances Creek, 200 kilometres south of Darwin near Pine
Creek and 15 kilometres from the Adelaide to Darwin rail line.
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Australian southern bluefin tuna seen "in great numbers"
The 'IOLCOS Pride' at East Arm Wharf in Darwin
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