Australian law to protect albatrosses overseas?

Subject: Australian law to protect albatrosses overseas?
From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 04:19:17 +0000

  When writing to the Minister, people may wish to request that offshore
  provisions of the EPBC Act be brought into force. Under the Act, any
  Australian-registered vessel or person who is Australian can
  theoretically be charged for committing an offence whether in
  Australian waters or not.

  Operators of the vessel would be guilty of unlawfully killing or
  injuring a significant number of a species listed under Part 3 of the
  EPBC Act and would be subject to potential criminal prosecution.

  Having said that, the instigation of prosecutions for offences
  offshore is problematic. Presumably, similar offences are however
  occurring regularly in Australian waters.


  Simon Mustoe.

From:  "michael norris" <>
    To:  "Birding-Aus" <>
    Subject:  [Birding-Aus] Re: Albatross deaths in the Kermadec
Date:  Wed, 6 Dec 2006 14:34:53 +1100
    >Following Ian May's email someone who is not a subscriber sent the
    URL of the New Zealand report.  It is at:
    >An NZ government observer on board reported 51 albatrosses, 7
    petrels, and 2 leatherback turtles being caught on the one
    trip.  Some were released alive.
    >As a result the Minister is proposing a 3 month ban on all surface
    long-lining in the fishery, along with a requirement throughout NZ
    waters for ton lines and night setting in relation to surface long
    lines. This provides time to decide on longer-term measures.
    >There is a 2001 international agreement for tuna fishing, led by
    Australia, which requires similar measures south of latitude
    30.  However this case involved fishing for swordfish (surface
    lines are also used for tuna) and the Kermadec Islands lie both
    north and south of that latitude.
    >There was a meeting last month in relation to the international
    agreement on the conservation of albatrosses and petrels but I do
    not know the outcome.
    >So - please press our government to respond to your concerns about
    this case.
    >And when buying fish, ask where it came from.
    >Michael  Norris
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