PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR RECENT MEDIA STATEMENTS AND RELATED DOCUMENTS ON PEARL INDUSTRY SAFETY.
Pearling combines the wild-harvest of the world’s largest pearl oyster – Pinctada maxima – with aquaculture techniques to grow pearls in the oysters.
The pearl oysters are collected by hand, by divers, from the pristine coastal waters of the Kimberley and Pilbara. They are also reared in hatcheries, which reduces the reliance on wild-stocks.
Pearling has an average annual value of $120 million and is the second most valuable Western Australian fishing industry.
The industry is governed by statutory regulations which cover areas including fishing management licences for divers and vessel operators, the environmental management of pearling, marine safety, industrial relations and occupational health and safety.
A total allowable catch quota for wildstock pearl oysters is set each year by the Department of Fisheries to maintain sustainability. 17 licensees hold the individual transferable quota units. The fishery has successfully passed an independent Ecological Sustainable Management audit by the Commonwealth Government.
Licensed pearling companies fishing and farming the oyster species Pinctada maxima in Western Australia and Northern Territory are members of the Pearl Producers Association (PPA).
The PPA represents and supports its members across a range of issues, preparing industry wide contribution to regulatory developments and research, both directly and through submissions, as well as representing all members at the departmental, ministerial and community levels when required.
RESPONSE TO ABC FOUR CORNERS PROGRAM
The ABC’s Four Corners has produced a program on safety in the pearling industry.
The PPA has provided Four Corners with a full statement outlining the industry’s safety facts, pearl diving operations and safety measures. Four Corners has also received the Industry’s Dive Induction Course Strategy and the Pearl Dive Industry Induction Course Presentation.
These documents, the Pearl Diving Industry Code of Practice and a related media release can be downloaded here:
- PPA MEDIA RELEASE - 9 JULY 2012
- PPA media release 9 July 20121.pdf
- PPA STATEMENT TO FOUR CORNERS
- PPA Statement to Four Corners 4th July 2012.pdf
- PEARL DIVE INDUSTRY INDUCTION COURSE STRATEGY
- PPA Induction Course Outline1.pdf
- PEARL DIVE INDUSTRY INDUCTION COURSE PRESENTATION FOR DIVERS
- PPA Pearl Diver Induction - Course Presentation.ppsx
- PEARL DIVING INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE
- Pearl Diving Code Final January 20123.pdf
For more PPA information, contact Aaron Irving at the Pearl Producers Assocation, telephone 0452 379 054.
Paspaley has also provided a media statement in response to the Four Corners program which can be downloaded here:
Safe Work Australia’s Decision Regulation Impact Statement for National Harmonisation of Work Health and Safety Regulations and Codes of Practice 7 November 2011: See section 6.6.9 on “Diving Work”.
An Economic Analysis of Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC) Investment in Workplace Health and Safety – pearl industry case study
Commonwealth Government Ecological Sustainable Management