|Photos from 14 Sept,
Photo 1: Wilson
Tuckey giving a TV interview on this controversial
Photo 2: Hugh
Meggit shows Mr. Tuckey around the fish
farm threatened by the introduction of Canadian
Photo 3: Fran
Bailey has been a lone crusader on this
Photo 4: From
left to right: David Pickering, Ken Orr,
Geoff Hall, Hugh Meggit (background), Fran
Bailey and Harvey Taylor.
The new Federal Minster for Fisheries acquaints
himself with the issues of his portfolio and learns
of the dangers inherent in Salmonid imports.
At a recent meeting with
the new federal Minister for Fisheries Wilson (Iron
bar) Tuckey which was organised by Fran Bailey, Member
for Indi, David, Antony and Geoff put the case for recreational
flyfishers in Victoria. Also present were Ken Orr and
Harvey Taylor from Tasmania who have been working tirelessly
behind the scenes to ensure that when Australia has
to accept shipments of Canadian Salmonid products the
risk to Australian Trout and Salmon is minimised.
Fran Bailey organised the
meeting to familiarise Wilson Tuckey with his new portfolio.
The meeting took place at Goulburn River Trout Farm,
beside Gilmore's Bridge. Hugh Meggit and Edward Meggit
put the case for commercial trout producers in Victoria.
AQUIS is charged with managing
the risk. Two suggested possibilities are:
a/ import only single portions
of skinless, boneless, vacuum packed, cryo sealed packages
b/ create a centrally located
irradiation plant where whole salmonids coming into
Australia would have to pass through. This is contingent
upon scientific tests proving conclusively that the
spores of whirling disease and other aquatic parasites
and pathogens could be successful eliminated by irradiation.
The Canadian's would have
to agree, the World Trade Organisation would have to
accept that this is not a barrier to trade, and the
Federal Government would have to provide funds for the
irradiation plant. Consumer resistance would need to
be eliminated by a successful advertising campaign funded
by the Federal Government.
It should be noted that
no Australian supermarket chain will accept Canadian
Salmonid products until these conditions are met.
Option A, boned skinless,
boneless, vacuum packed, cryo sealed portions carries
minimum risk but it is still a raw product. It does
mean all the offal and waste is left in Canada. It is
usually through this route that infection occurs.
In the meantime New Zealand
is exporting salmon (whole carcass) into Australia.
New Zealand has reported outbreaks of whirling disease
but because trout farming is largely prohibited in New
Zealand they don't regard it as a problem!! This was
forcibly brought to the Minister's attention.
We remind all Australian
flyfishers who visit New Zealand and those lucky few
who visit North America and Europe, to carefully observe
all quarantine requirements with regard to wading
boots, waders, landing nets etc. The whirling disease
spores are microscopic and can withstand freezing or
desiccation and can remain dormant in dust or mud for
up to thirty years. Help keep Australia free of exotic
fish diseases by playing your part.
The failure of the Government
to negotiate reasonable terms of trade between Canada
and Australia has meant the imposition of intolerable
requirements for Australia to take shipments of salmon
(including trout). The rearguard action to try to protect
our fish stocks from exotic disease is now the responsibility
of the Federal government. To ensure that risk in minimised
they must achieve a satisfactory outcome or face the
wrath of every trout fisher in the country. The cave
in by the Australian Government once beef, lamb and
sugar exports were threatened was a failure of nerve
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