I think in this case the fishermen are the toughest law.. if the fisheries
is closed, the guilty party will be lucky to get away with his life, let
alone his boats and anything else of value he might own.
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From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Subject: Australian law to protect albatrosses overseas?
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.
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
>And when buying fish, ask where it came from.
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