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Commercial fishing declines amid rising costs and cheap imports

Jul 07 2019 Published by under 深圳桑拿网

The numbers of Australian fishing vessels and tonnage of fish landing in Australian ports has dropped, as the cost of doing business for Australian commercial fishers increases.

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Australian commercial fishing vessel numbers dropped by a third between 2006 and 2013, according to data released by the OECD.

In other selected OECD countries, the numbers of fishing vessels dropped roughly 11 per cent.

The capacity of Australian vessels has dropped more than a third between 2006 and 2013.

During the same period imports of fish into Australia almost doubled, while exports of fish were relatively flat.

One of the reasons for the decline in fish catches was the general cost of doing business, Commercial Fisheries Association executive officer Renee Vajtauer said.

Expensive licence fees, fuel, regulation and marine sanctuaries were contributing to the decline, she said.

“The cost of them going out [to fish] is really quite high.”

While there were many factors, the bottom line was commercial fishers faced increased hardship to run profitable businesses, Ms Vajtauer said.

She said they were working with the government to reduce “red tape”.

South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA) chief executive Simon Boag said one factor affecting the cost of doing business was the relatively cheap fish imports from New Zealand.

SETFIA represents commercial fishers and other business interests in the South East Trawl Fishery.

Map: AFMA

That fishery is part of the larger Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF).

The Australian Fisheries and Management Authrity (AFMA) last month increased the sustainable catch limit for the SESSF, and the fish stocks currently targeted in the fishery were sustainable, AFMA said.

AFMA sets sustainable seafood harvest catch limits based on productivity of wild fish stocks.

Simon Boag said it was hard for Australian commercial fishers to be profitable in the face of cheaper imports.

“There is an enormous amount of fish coming in from New Zealand,” Mr Boag said.

The imported fish from New Zealand had a shorter shelf life, but was still cheaper, he said.

The most recent Status of Key Australian Fish Socks Reports 2014 from ABARES says out of 238 fisheries it reviewed, 129 fisheries were sustainable, and 11 were overfished. Others were declining or improving, or unknown.

If Australians import their fish from other countries, aside from New Zealand, they were ultimately supporting fisheries that were not as sustainable as this country’s fisheries, he said.

Australian Marine Conservation Society marine biologist Tooni Mahto agreed cheaper imports from overseas would affect Australian commercial fishers.

She said the commonwealth management of fisheries was on the “right track”, while some states needed to improve.

The effects of marine parks on fishers were overstated, she said.

Ms Mahto said Australian oceans were not particularly productive.

“We’re operating on an unlevel playing field.”

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Final-quarter surge earns Mystics win

Jul 07 2019 Published by under 深圳桑拿网

A new-look midcourt helped lift the Mystics to a 59-53 win over Canterbury Tactix in their trans-Tasman netball league first round match in Christchurch.

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Wing attack Camilla Lees provided the drive in the front third, while English international Serena Guthrie added grit at wing defence as a strong final quarter saw the Mystics home.

Goal shoot Cathrine Latu missed only three shots from 35, while goal attack Maria Tutaia impressed inside and outside the circle with 23 from 28.

The Tactix ended the first quarter on an eight-goal run to take a 17-10 lead into the first break, rookie Mystics shooter Elsa Brown struggling to sink four from seven for the spell.

The Mystics were looking to ease Latu back after emergency appendix surgery last month, but the Silver Ferns shooter looked fit and sharp when she took the court after 15 minutes.

The Mystics’ struggles with timing in the front third disappeared with Latu’s return, her combination with Tutaia in the circle freeing up more space and simplifying the feed from midcourters Laura Langman and Camilla Lees.

Increased shooting volume and improved accuracy allowed the Mystics to peg back the Tactix lead to 29-26 at halftime, and they lifted further to win the third quarter 17-11 and take a 43-40 lead in the final 15 minutes.

Tactix coach Sue Hawkins made good on her promise to use her bench, making regular switches in position and introducing new players in a bid to keep the Mystics off-balance.

Tactix shooter Mwai Kumwenda, either out at goal attack or under the post at goal shoot, was outstanding in her athleticism and accuracy. She sunk 36 from 40 for a 90 per cent success rate, Silver Ferns shooter Bailey Mes adding an encouraging 12 from 16 in the last three quarters.

The Tactix’s inconsistency in the final 10 minutes proved costly.

After scoring five on end to steal a 46-45 lead, they allowed the Mystics back into the game with a series of turnovers and the Mystics proved clinical in converting the chances into goals to wrap up the win.

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Faulkner ready to unleash WC heroics

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James Faulkner couldn’t help but fear his World Cup dream was up in smoke a month ago.

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Wincing with pain after straining his side while bowling against England on February 1, Faulkner was a worried man as he trudged off the WACA Ground.

But Australia’s X-factor is now ready for action again, and he’s keen to unleash his magic against Afghanistan in Perth on Wednesday.

Faulkner resumed batting duties several weeks ago, and he put in a strong bowling display at training on Monday to prove he’s ready for a recall.

But finding a spot for him won’t be an easy task for Australia’s selectors.

One possible scenario is to replace injured paceman Pat Cummins (side strain) with Faulkner.

Although scans have cleared Cummins of any serious damage, he’s almost certain to miss the clash with Afghanistan.

But if selectors opt to recall Josh Hazlewood following Australia’s one-wicket loss to New Zealand last Saturday, then either Shane Watson or Mitch Marsh could be forced to make way for Faulkner.

Faulkner, whose exploits with both bat and ball have made him one of Australia’s most important players, suffered a knee injury in the lead-up to last year’s T20 World Cup.

The Tasmanian only ended up playing one match during that tournament, but he’s hoping to make a bigger impact at the 50-over showpiece event.

“I’d be lying to say I wasn’t frustrated at the start,” Faulkner said of his recent side strain.

“Any time you get injured it’s a shocking feeling.

“And to do it at the time it happened, it was obviously quite hard to take at the start.

“But it has given me some time to freshen up and get my body feeling good again.

“Hopefully it holds me in good shape come the end of this tournament.”

Faulkner doesn’t think his month on the sidelines will leave him rusty.

“I was batting five or six days after the injury. And although they told me to ease back on it in the first two weeks, I was pretty much going 100 per cent,” he said.

“I think I was lucky being a left-arm bowler and a right-arm batsman – it wasn’t the same side when I was batting.”

Faulkner is unsure how many overs he’ll be required to bowl against Afghanistan.

But it won’t be many if Afghanistan’s batting line-up collapses against the might of Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and co.

Faulkner said Australia had already put their tight loss to NZ – and Glenn Maxwell’s choking backfire – behind them.

Maxwell was caught on camera displaying a choking gesture to the Eden Park crowd last Saturday after NZ had slumped to 9-146.

But the Kiwi fans had the last laugh soon after when Kane Williamson smashed the match-winning six.

“I saw it from the sidelines,” Faulkner said.

“After the game everyone put that aside and we knocked that on the head.”

Australia sit fourth in Pool A, but they’ll finish second if they can notch wins over Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Scotland.

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Pilecki’s fury still motivates Reds

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Emails from ex-players have already inundated Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham.

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Not that he has to be reminded of the importance of Saturday night’s home Super Rugby clash with defending champions NSW Waratahs.

Graham said former players had not wasted time telling him how vital it was to take down their old enemy at Suncorp Stadium, but the words of Reds great Stan Pilecki a year ago were still ringing in his ears.

Pilecki’s leaked scathing assessment of his former team after a disappointing loss to the Western Force – which he said made him “embarrassed and disgusted” – still resonated.

“I think Stan, that one he sent me last year, carries over for 12 months,” Graham said.

“(But) I have already received a dozen emails from former players who understand the intensity in the rivalry which dates back 100 years.

“It may be one game but it means an enormous amount.”

Reds skipper James Slipper said it was crucial that they bounced back from their last round 20-13 loss to the Highlanders, rather than focus on knocking over NSW which delivered Queensland two hidings last season.

“That’s three games done and dusted and we’ve only got the one win to show for it,” he said of their season start.

“It’s crucial.”

Slipper was encouraged by James O’Connor’s Reds debut at flyhalf after the ex-Wallaby chanced his arm with the ball in hand but was guilty of some questionable kick options.

However, Slipper lamented Queensland’s lack of enterprise in attack without the injured Quade Cooper (shoulder) and sidelined recruit Karmichael Hunt (cocaine charges).

“It’s unfortunate we didn’t back ourselves to push the pass,” he said.

“In some cases, we didn’t push the pass which led to a missed opportunity.

“I said we wanted to have a good start to the season and it hasn’t panned out that way.

“But we’re confident going into a Suncorp Stadium full of Reds supporters that we can come out with a win.”

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Man sentenced to death in Malaysia facing indefinite detention in Australia

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It’s a murder case that’s caused a political storm in Malaysia.

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Now, it’s reached Australia.

Sirul Azhar Umar fled Malaysia last year arriving in Queenland on a tourist visa before his conviction.

He’s since been detained at Villawood detention centre in Sydney.

Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad from the Islamic Party of Malaysia says Umar’s mother wants the Australian government to intervene.

“She’s begging the Australian authority to give him full protection in Australia. It’s more safe in Australia than going to Malaysia.”

In 2006, Mongolian interpreter and model, Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot twice in jungle clearing near Kuala Lumpur, wrapped in military grade explosives — and blown up.

Former bodyguard to the Malaysian Prime Minister, Umar was convicted of her murder — alongside a former police official.

Last month, both were sentenced to hang.

Umar has always maintained his innocence… his lawyer, Dato Mahfuz says Ms Shaariibuu was murdered to keep her quiet over alleged government corruption.

“The murder took place without motive. And in court, he maintained he was acting on orders. But the issue is who was giving the order?”

Sirul Umar can’t be extradited to Malaysia because Australian law prevents the return of anyone facing the death penalty to their home country.

But he can’t be released in Australia, because he’s been convicted of murder.

His lawyer says Malaysia has not yet made a formal extradition request.

International Law Expert, Professor Ben Saul says legal avenues for Umar are limited.

“The sensible thing for the Malaysian government to do would be to simply give Australia a guarantee that Malaysia will not apply the death penalty.”

The Australian government doesn’t disclose if an extradition request has been received unless a person is arrested or brought before a court.

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