Australia

UAE joins US-led alliance for safety in Strait of Hormuz

The United Arab Emirates joined the United States-led commission aiming to protect marine safety, navigation and worldwide trade. The Director of the International Security Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation noted that this alliance adds to worldwide as well as local attempts to prevent threats to marine navigation and global trade, contributing to the conservation of international tranquility and safety and thus establishing the flow of energy supplies to the global economy.

A 6% of all fishing nets lost at sea annually

A 6% of all fishing nets, 9% of all traps, and 29% of all lines are lost or discarded into the oceans each year, researchers said in a world’s first global estimate of commercial fishing gear losses into the oceans, according to data provided by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

Australia commissions Inspector-General of live animal exports

The Australian parliament has passed a bill commissioning an Inspector-General of  Live Animal Exports. In fact, the 2018 Moss Review endorsed the foundation of an independent Inspector-General in order to inform with the Department of Agriculture’s regulation of live animal export.

Australia continues assessment of Equinor’s environment plan

On 18 September 2019, Equinor provided the requested further information regarding the environment plan for their proposed exploration drilling activity in the Great Australian Bight. According to Environment Regulations, the Australian offshore regulator, NOPSEMA has resumed its assessment of Equinor’s environment plan.

G20 growth falls to 0.7% in Q2 of 2019

Growth of real gross domestic product (GDP) in the G20 area reduced to 0.7% in the second quarter of 2019, in comparison to 0.8% in the previous quarter, according to OECD provisional estimates. On the other hand, GDP growth showed a strong increase in South Africa and Korea, to 0.8% and 1.0%, respectively.

Australia’s Biosecurity imports levy delayed for a third time

The Australian governments is pressured to withdraw its plans for a biosecurity levy concerning all incoming vessels. The opposition Agriculture spokesman called the Government of deliberately delaying the biosecurity protections for agriculture.

Australia signs border treaty with Timor-Leste for Greater Sunrise offshore project

As Reuters reports, Australia issued a legislation that clears maritime boundaries with East Timor, enabling both countries to divide revenue from the offshore Greater Sunrise natural gas field. East Timor holds the 70% of the revenue if the gas is piped to the island or 80% if the gas is piped to Australia for processing.

New Zealand, Australia warn against stink bug

The 2019/20 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season has arrived, as Gard Club informs, and ships arriving in New Zealand and Australia from countries with established stink bug populations must prepare for increased surveillance and inspection. Last season, New Zealand turned away four contaminated vessels from its waters.

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