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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 4 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 1094..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

relevant Principal Act. The Schedule also corrects a number of minor errors and makes some other amendments to assist the reprinting of the laws of the Territory in an up-to-date form.

Mr Speaker, I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stanhope ) adjourned.


MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (11.00): Mr Speaker, I present the Fisheries Bill 2000, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

I seek leave to have the presentation speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

Mr Speaker, I am pleased to present the Fisheries Bill 2000.

This is a particularly innovative piece of legislation that will provide for comprehensive and sustainable fisheries management in the ACT. It will also ensure the ACT plays an appropriate role in maintaining sustainable fisheries in other jurisdictions.

The existing Fishing Act 1967 is an outdated piece of legislation, emphasising as it does the protection of exotic angling species without providing adequate protection for native species caught by recreational fishers. The existing Act does not deal with commercial fishing matters, except for some long redundant provisions about sea-fishing in Jervis Bay.

The objects of the Bill are:

to conserve native fish species and their habitats;

to manage sustainably the fisheries of the Territory by applying the principles of ecologically sustainable development;

to provide high quality and viable recreational fishing; and

to cooperate with other Australian jurisdictions in sustaining fisheries and protecting native fish species.

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