Ministerial Advisory Councils

Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council

The Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council has been established to provide the Minister for Primary Industries with high-level strategic policy advice on issues relating to the management of fisheries resources in NSW.

This will include broad advice to assist with the management of commercial fishing, recreational/charter fishing and Aboriginal cultural fishing as well as issues which impact across fisheries and sectors such as resource sharing, co-management, cost recovery and ecosystem based fisheries management.

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Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council

The Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council (AFAC) has been established under Section 229 of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 to provide strategic level advice to the Minister for Primary Industries on issues affecting Aboriginal fishing interest. It will continue to play an important role in the development of cultural fishing policy as well as exploring commercial opportunities for Aboriginal communities associated with fishing activities.

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Enquiries regarding the Council can be made by phoning the Recreational & Indigenous Fisheries Unit on (02) 4424 7400

Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council

Following a commitment made by the Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair, a key stakeholder workshop, facilitated by Mr MacDonald, was held 5 August 2016. From this workshop a Discussion Paper was developed highlighting the workshop outcomes which all fishers were invited to provide feedback.

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Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council

The Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council (RFNSW) has been established to provide advice to the Minister for Primary Industries on key recreational fishing issues in NSW.

The new Advisory Council is based around a modern representative model, ensuring the views of regional fishers from right across the State are communicated. RFNSW includes eight regional members, two members with expertise in spearfishing and charter boat fishing and other representatives that significantly benefit the function of the Advisory Council.

The Council has replaced the Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing.

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Call: (02) 9741 4722