Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council

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.

Membership

Chairperson

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:

  • has no direct or indirect pecuniary interest in the fishery concerned;
  • does not represent DPI Fisheries;
  • does not represent any restricted fishery or share management fishery;
  • has significant expertise and experience in the management of fisheries; and
  • is not a member of CommFish NSW.

The chairperson does not have voting rights.

Members

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:

  • (i) is an employee or office holder of an industry body that represents the fishery, or
  • (ii) is an entitlement holder who, in the opinion of the Minister, has expertise (or has shown leadership) in the fishery or in the commercial sector of the fishing industry generally;

(b) For each share management fishery, one person who:

  • (iii) is an employee or office holder of an industry body that represents the fishery, or
  • (iv) holds shares in the fishery and who, in the opinion of the Minister, has expertise(or has shown leadership) in the fishery or in the commercial sector of the fishing industry generally;

(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).

CommFish NSW

Chair: Mr Stuart Richey AM

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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Members

Member

Fishery Represented

Location

Greg Ryzy

Abalone Share Managed Fishery

South Coast

Geoff Blackburn

Estuary General Share Managed Fishery

North Coast

Steve Everson

Estuary Prawn Trawl Share Managed Fishery

Clarence

Mark Cranstone

Lobster Share Managed Fishery

Central Coast

Scott Massey

Ocean Hauling Share Managed Fishery

Wollongong

Mitchell Sanders

Ocean Trap and Line Share Managed Fishery

Central Coast

Diego Bagnato

Ocean Trawl Share Managed Fishery

North Sydney

Steven Hounsell

Inland Restricted Fishery

Inland NSW

Greg Finn

Sea Urchin & Turbin Shell Restricted Fishery

Port Stephens

John Jarvis

Southern Fish Trawl Restricted Fishery

South Coast

John Luke

Aboriginal Commercial Fishers

Hunter

Graeme Byrnes

Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council

Wallis Lake

David McPherson

DPI - Fisheries Group Director

Coffs Harbour