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Abalone collection ban to continue

AUSTRALIA - Fisheries Victoria has extended a ban on taking abalone, all other shellfish and sea urchins along a stretch of coastline near Port Fairy.

The ban applies to both recreational and commercial abalone fishers and also prohibits the collection and removal of any rock material from the area.

The area is bound by the high water mark from approximately 1 kilometre west of the Crags Car Park to Killarney Beach Car Park. It includes the area of marine waters extending seaward for between 500 to 700 metres.

The ban will continue until 30 March 2008 and is designed to protect accessible stocks from fishing pressure while they recover from the impact of the virus.