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Media Release: Ruston visits prawn farms on Logan River

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, toured the Logan River area, recently affected by the outbreak of white spot disease in prawns in Queensland today.

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Media Release: East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement extended

The East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) has been extended until 27 March 2018, allowing existing protections to continue while the RFA five-yearly reviews are underway.

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Media Release: Commonwealth and Western Australia working together for better fisheries management​

Working across jurisdictional boundaries, the federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, together with Western Australia Fisheries Minister, Joe Francis today unveiled an agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australia realigning fisheries boundaries off Western Australia.

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Media Release: Ensuring the long-term sustainability of South Pacific regional fisheries​

Australia is hosting around 150 international delegates for the fifth Commission Meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), which continues today in Adelaide.

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News Article: Foreign workers continue to seek seasonal Riverland work despite uncertainty around backpacker tax

As published by Erin Jones in The Advertiser on January 6, 2017:

Foreign workers are continuing to travel to the Riverland to help with seasonal harvests despite last minute uncertainty around the backpacker tax.

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Media Release: Strong performance in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors

The gross value of Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors rose 12 per cent to $2.8 billion in 2014-15, thanks largely to increasing demand for rock lobsters and salmon species, according to the Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2015 report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

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Media Release: $12 million for project to secure Flows for the Future of the River Murray​

The Coalition Government is delivering $12 million in funding for a project to restore natural flow patterns in key South Australian branches of the River Murray, to support strong and sustainable agriculture and tourism industries in South Australia, and protect the river’s biodiversity and ecosystems.

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Media Release: Backing Australia's wine industry

The Turnbull Government today announced enhancements to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate to better assist grape growing, winemaking and associated tourism in regional Australia.

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Premier runs risk of backing SA into a corner

My Op Ed as published in The Advertiser:

Premier Jay Weatherill faces a stark choice on the Murray Darling Basin Plan: blow it up or sit down at the table and help make it work.

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Illegal foreign fishers convicted

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing will not be tolerated in Australian waters, as demonstrated by the recent conviction of 26 Vietnamese foreign fishermen who were found illegally fishing in Australian waters last month.

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