Abalone Industry

Tuesday October 13, 2020

Mr BELL (Mount Gambier) (14:54): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries. Can the minister inform the house what support he will be providing to the abalone industry? With your leave and that of the house, sir, I will explain.

Leave granted.

Mr BELL: On 22 September, the abalone industry wrote to numerous MPs, including the minister, highlighting issues within the industry and the lack of action over the last six months.

The Hon. D.K.B. BASHAM (Finniss—Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development) (14:54): I thank the member for the important question around the abalone industry. It certainly has been a difficult time for many fishers, whether it be abalone or any other fishing sector. It is certainly something that we are considering as we go through in terms of what we can do to support all the different industries in this space. We are certainly supporting where we can, and we are certainly looking at what we can do with the abalone industry.