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Call for Australian Abalone Enquiry Rejected

by the Fish Site Editor
11 August 2009, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - The Opposition is demanding a parliamentary inquiry into a failed west coast aquaculture company in South Australia.

According to ABC News, Australian Bight Abalone is in voluntary administration and a series of meetings of investors is being held.

Elliston residents have questioned issues including how the business was allowed in a sensitive environmental area, reports the news organisation.

SA Opposition fisheries spokesman Adrian Pederick says there may be nothing untoward, but the company's establishment and operation warrant a select committee inquiry.

"Certainly this does not warrant just slipping under the carpet. I think there needs to be an investigation how Australian Bight Abalone has been structured," he told ABC News.

However, SA Fisheries Minister Paul Caica has rejected the call for a select committee.

He says he is confident that the processes for granting and conversion of leases and licences under the Aquaculture Act are rigorous and transparent.

the Fish Site Editor