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. The outcomes from this workshop were presented in a Discussion Paper which all fishers were invited to provide feedback.
A letter of introduction from NMAC (SA) Pty Ltd is available below explaining the consultation process.
Following 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 NSW) 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 NSW Government is calling for representatives to express their interest in becoming a member of Commfish NSW.
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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