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Fisheries Department Perth Western Australia.




During mid 1988 the Minister for Fisheries at that time, the Hon Julian Grill, sought the establishment of a committee of advice to examine security arrangements for financial institutions providing funds for fishing licences and fishing boats. The prime objective of the Committee was to examine and report upon the requirements for establishing fishing licences as a form of collateral for loans. The major issue before the Committee arose from licence holders seeding generally the means by which their investment in a fishing licence could be used as security, whereas lending institutions sought to ensure their loans would be adequately protected pursuant to the provisions of the Fisheries Act 1905. the Fisheries Department and the fishing industry also sought that the powers of the Minister for Fisheries in adjusting fishing capacity or catch within particular fisheries for management purposes were not compromised. In addition, the power of the Minister for Fisheries to suspend or cancel a licence pursuant to Sections 17 and 55 of the Fisheries Act 1905 was of particular concern to lending institutions where licences were to be used as security.

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Financial management, Fisheries, Licences, Western Australia.


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