Senator Sean Edwards, E-Newsletter

Senator Sean Edwards

Colbeck overturns tuna stereo video issue

After discussions between myself, the South Australian fishing industry and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, stereo video, the controversial tuna stock measurement method, has been shelved due to the excessive and unnecessary regulatory and financial burden it would have imposed. I was pleased to see that this was one of his first points of business after being appointed to the Abbott Ministry.

Proper Bay Coast Line Cleaned Up

Just a day after three tonnes of rubbish was cleaned up from Port Lincoln’s Murray Point Reserve more residential waste has been dumped there.

Three quarters of the waste the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry collected from the shoreline on Wednesday was attributed to non-aquaculture related activities.

ASBTIA liaison officer Claire Webber said it was disappointing to find a freshly dumped load of rubbish; three tyres, a bag of backyard waste and some buckets, right on the beach where they had just cleaned up. She said tyres were the biggest problem and of the approximate 3110 kilograms collected by 20 industry members, tyre made up 48%. Aquaculture related waste made up around 25%, while general waste was around 27%.

– Port Lincoln Times, Tuesday 23 April, 2013, p3.

Some of the debris collected by members of the industry at the Proper Bay clean up, held just south of Port Lincoln on 17 April, 2013.Proper Bay Clean Up 17.4.13Proper Bay-Media Release