NSW Commercial Fishing Catch and Effort Reporting

NSW DPI is introducing revised catch and effort reporting arrangements for the NSW commercial fishing industry commencing from July, 2009.

The revised reporting arrangements have been developed to address requirements for finer scale (spatial and temporal) information and are expected to provide an improved information base to support fishery management and planning processes, to enable more robust stock assessments to be completed and to contribute to the maintenance of export approvals provided by the federal government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The revised arrangements also allow for more efficient administration processes and align reporting with the new share management fisheries arrangements which commenced in February 2007.

New logbooks have been produced for the use of fishing business owners and/or their authorised fishers and will be distributed to all fishing business owners in June 2009 in time for the commencement of the revised arrangements in July 2009. Fishing business owners or their nominees will be required to use the logbooks to record the details of all commercial fishing activity performed under a NSW fishing authority.

New arrangements have also been developed for reporting by Registered Fish Receivers.

The following paragraphs provide details of the revised arrangements including forms, instructions and samples.

Information for operators in non-quota fisheries

For full details of the reporting requirements refer to the detailed instructions included in the Logbook. Some of the more significant changes to the reporting arrangements for fishing business owners operating in the Estuary General, Estuary Prawn Trawl, Ocean Hauling, Ocean Trawl, and the Ocean Trap and Line fisheries, the Inland Restricted Fishery and certain Section 37 permit holders are as follows:

Logbooks – Fishing business owners will be issued with 1 logbook per fishing business owned. Each logbook contains 60 log sheets in duplicate and comes complete with detailed instructions (PDF, 128.26 KB) for completing log sheets. The logbook supports the reporting of activity across all non-quota fisheries removing the requirement for fishing business owners to submit multiple log sheet types when fishing across multiple fisheries in a reporting period. The logbooks include an example of a completed log sheet (PDF, 227.35 KB), together with a limited supply of Lost & Found Gear Reporting Forms (PDF, 522.3 KB), Threatened Species Interaction Reporting Forms (PDF, 572.06 KB) and NIL Fishing Activity Reporting Forms (PDF, 618.95 KB).

Temporal  and Spatial Scale - The reporting period remains monthly with log sheets required to be submitted within 28 days of the end of each calendar month. The log sheet is designed to capture fishing activity at an event based scale. For reporting purposes, a fishing event is defined as any unique combination of date fished, location fished, fishing endorsement activated, and fishing method used. When fishing in multiple adjoining fishing locations, fishers are required to report the “location where most fish were caught” rather than each location fished separately. In the trawl fishery where multiple shots are made in multiple adjoining fishing locations, fishers are required to report the “start location of the shot that landed the most fish”.

The spatial reporting scale for activity in the estuarine fisheries remains unchanged. Fishers are required to specify an estuary code identifying the estuary where fishing activity occurred for each fishing event. Lists of estuary, fishing method and endorsement codes (PDF, 49.97 KB) are included in the logbook.

A grid based spatial scale has been developed for use in the ocean based fisheries (replacing the previous “ocean zone” based system) and for the Inland fishery. The new scale comprises of “Grid Codes” at a 1 degree scale where each grid code is further sub-divided into 100 “Site Codes” at a 6 minute scale. Map sheets are provided in the logbooks to enable fishers to identify the Grid and Site codes to report for each fishing activity. Alternatively, fishers may report fishing locations using absolute latitudes and longitudes to the nearest 6 minutes using the GDA-94 datum. The following map sheets are included in the logbooks issued to fishing business owners:

Fishers fishing under the authority of a “Eels in Farm Dams” S37 permit are required to report the latitude and longitude in degrees and minutes to one decimal place of the property front gate where the fishing activity took place.

Species Reporting – A new coded species list (PDF, 50.37 KB) has been developed to improve the accuracy of reported species caught. All landed catch must be reported using these codes.

Information for operators in the Lobster Fishery

For full details of the reporting requirements refer to the detailed instructions included in the Logbook. Some of the more significant changes to the reporting arrangements for fishers operating in the Lobster fishery are as follows:

Logbooks – Fishing business owners will be issued with a Lobster Fishery Catch and Effort logbook per fishing business owned. Each logbook contains 60 log sheets in duplicate and comes complete with detailed instructions (PDF, 135.28 KB) for completing log sheets to record details of commercial fishing undertaken on behalf of the fishing business. The logbooks include an example of a completed log sheet (PDF, 576.16 KB), together with a limited supply of Threatened Species Interaction Reporting Forms (PDF, 572.06 KB) and NIL Fishing Activity Reporting Forms (PDF, 618.95 KB).

Spatial Scale - A grid based spatial scale has been developed for use in the Lobster fishery replacing the previous “zone” based system. The new scale comprises “Grid Codes” at a 1 degree scale where each grid code is further sub-divided into 100 “Site Codes” at a 6 minute scale. Map sheets are provided in the logbooks to enable fishers to identify the Grid and Site codes to report for each fishing activity. Alternatively, fishers may report fishing locations using absolute latitudes and longitudes to the nearest 6 minutes. The following map sheets are included in the logbooks issued to fishing business owners:

Reporting Catch of By-Product – To support reporting of by-product caught, Lobster fishing business owners will be issued with a non-quota fisheries catch and effort logbook. A ‘tick box’ is included on each Lobster fishery log sheet to indicate if By-Product was taken. Where By-Product is taken, fishers should report details of the By-Product taken using a log sheet from the non-quota fisheries catch and effort logbook.

See “Information for operators in non-quota fisheries”  above for further details.

Penning/Onshore Storage of Lobsters – Prior to “penning” lobsters or storing lobsters onshore, fishers are required to include the weight of these lobsters as part of the validated weight reported in Part C of the log sheet,  to tag the lobsters being penned or stored and to report the latitude and longitude of pen/onshore storage locations in degrees and decimal minutes to 2 decimal places. In addition, when “penning” lobsters, fishers must report the tag numbers of the lobsters placed in pens. Fishers must also report the tag numbers of lobsters removed from pens.

Monthly Quota Reconciliation Process – The monthly quota reconciliation form has been eliminated. In its place, fishers are required to report monthly disposal details using Part E of the last log sheet submitted for each calendar month. In addition, NSW DPI will issue quota transaction statements to fishing business owners on a periodic basis to inform fishing business owners of all transactions processed and the effect of these on quota balances.

Information for operators in the Abalone Fishery

For full details of the reporting requirements refer to the detailed instructions included in the Logbook. Some of the more significant changes to the reporting arrangements for fishing business owners operating in the Abalone fishery are as follows:

Logbooks – Fishing business owners will be issued with an Abalone Fishery Catch and Effort logbook per fishing business owned. Each logbook contains 60 log sheets in triplicate and comes complete with detailed instructions (PDF, 104.44 KB) for completing log sheets to record details of commercial fishing undertaken on behalf of the fishing business. The logbook supports the reporting of activity in the Abalone fishery. The logbooks include an example of a completed log sheet (PDF, 605.37 KB), together with a limited supply of Threatened Species Interaction Reporting Forms (PDF, 572.06 KB) and NIL Fishing Activity Reporting Forms (PDF, 618.95 KB).

Spatial Scale - A new spatial scale has been developed for use in the Abalone fishery replacing the previous “zone” based system. Fishers are now required to report the fishing locations by “bin” in degrees and minutes to one decimal place of latitude and longitude.

Log Sheet Submission Process – Each log sheet in the logbook is provided in triplicate. The original log sheet is required to be submitted to NSW DPI by the authorised fisher within the required period once completed. The first copy of the log sheet is to travel with the product and the second copy remains in the logbook.

Monthly Quota Reconciliation Process – The monthly quota reconciliation form has been eliminated. NSW DPI will issue quota transaction statements to fishing business owners on a periodic basis to inform fishing business owners of all transactions processed and the effect of these on quota balances.

Information for operators in the SUTS Fishery

For full details of the reporting requirements refer to the detailed instructions included in the Logbook. Some of the more significant changes to the reporting arrangements for fishing business owners operating in the SUTS fishery are as follows:

Logbooks – Fishing business owners will be issued with a SUTS Fishery Catch and Effort logbook per fishing business owned. Each logbook contains 60 log sheets in duplicate and come complete with detailed instructions (PDF, 106.51 KB) for completing log sheets to record details of commercial fishing undertaken on behalf of the fishing business. The logbook supports the reporting of activity in the SUTS fishery. The logbooks include an example of a completed log sheet (PDF, 151.89 KB), together with a limited supply of Threatened Species Interaction Reporting Forms (PDF, 572.06 KB) and NIL Fishing Activity Reporting Forms (PDF, 618.95 KB).

Spatial Scale - A new spatial scale has been developed for use in the SUTS fishery replacing the previous “zone” based system. Fishers are now required to report the fishing locations by “bin” in degrees and minutes to one decimal place of latitude and longitude.

Log Sheet Submission Process – Each log sheet in the logbook is provided in duplicate. The original log sheet is required to be submitted to NSW DPI by the authorised fisher within the required period once completed. The copy remains in the logbook.

Monthly Quota Reconciliation Process – The monthly quota reconciliation form has been eliminated. NSW DPI will issue quota transaction statements to fishing business owners on a periodic basis to inform fishing business owners of all transactions processed and the effect of these on quota balances.

Information for Registered Fish Receivers

For full details of the reporting requirements refer to the detailed instructions included with the reporting form. Some of the more significant changes to the reporting arrangements for registered fish receivers are as follows:

Quarterly Report – Paper-based submission – A new report template (PDF, 569.76 KB) has been produced for registered fish receivers to fulfil their reporting obligations under the legislation. There are 2 parts to the report: Part A – Total Catch for each fisher/fishing business combination; and Part B – Total Catch by species code. Registered fish receivers should download the template from this website and complete it according to the instructions on the form.

Quarterly Report – Submission by Email – An Excel spreadsheet version of the template is available for download here (XLS, 77.5 KB) for those registered fish receivers who would like the convenience of preparing quarterly reports electronically. The spreadsheet workbook contains four worksheets: Instructions, Part A, Part B and the NSW DPI coded species list for receivers. The spreadsheet should be completed according to the instructions provided.

Coded Species List – Registered fish receivers are required to complete Part B of the report using the NSW DPI Coded Species List for Receivers (PDF, 77.88 KB).

Contact

For enquiries about NSW commercial catch data, phone 1800 994 850.

Please note that other catch information may be provided for specific purposes on a fee for service basis. Costs vary according to the level of detail required. Please make any requests in writing to:

Catch Records
NSW DPI
PO BOX 4157
Coffs Harbour Jetty NSW 2450

Fax: 02 6391 4709
Email: david.makin@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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