Following industry-wide consultation, CommFish NSW has been established to provide commercial fishing stakeholders greater representation as part of the provision of independent advice, to the Minister for Primary Industries on strategic and policy issues relating to the commercial fishing industry in NSW.
The advice provided will assist the Minister (and DPI Fisheries) to develop sound policies and decisions to manage the fisheries resources and ecosystems of NSW, in accordance with the objects of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 which are to ‘conserve, develop and share the fishery resources of the State for the benefit of present and future generations’.
The Council operates under a Charter (PDF, 236 KB) which sets out the objectives and mode of operation of the Council and the roles and responsibilities of members.
The chairperson of CommFish NSW is appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries. The chairperson must be a person who, in the opinion of the Minister:
The chairperson does not have voting rights.
Under clause 290 of the Fisheries Management (General) Regulation, CommFish NSW is composed of the following members
(13 in total):
(a) For each restricted fishery, one person who:
(b) For each share management fishery, one person who:
(c) the person appointed to the Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council as an expert in or representative of the commercial fishing industry;
(d) an Aboriginal person who is a commercial fisher; and
(e) a nominee of the Secretary of the Department of Industry(who does not have voting rights).
Mr Stuart Richey AM has been appointed to the role of Chair of CommFish NSW. Mr Richey is a Tasmanian commercial fisher, a foundation member and former Deputy Chair on the Board of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, as well as the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Mr Richey was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for service to the commercial fishing industry, particularly the promotion of sustainable utilisation of Australian Government managed fisheries.
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Abalone Share Managed Fishery
Estuary General Share Managed Fishery
Estuary Prawn Trawl Share Managed Fishery
Lobster Share Managed Fishery
Ocean Hauling Share Managed Fishery
Ocean Trap and Line Share Managed Fishery
Ocean Trawl Share Managed Fishery
Inland Restricted Fishery
Sea Urchin & Turbin Shell Restricted Fishery
Southern Fish Trawl Restricted Fishery
Aboriginal Commercial Fishers
Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council
DPI - Fisheries Group Director