Joint Management Agreements

The Minister for Primary Industries may enter into a joint management agreement under s. 221V of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 with another public authority. The purpose of a joint management agreement is to manage, regulate or restrict an action that is jeopardising the survival of a threatened species, population or ecological community.

A joint management agreement for the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program has been prepared between the Department of Primary Industries and the Minister for Primary Industries. The objectives of the joint management agreement are to:

  • minimise the impact of shark meshing on fish and marine vegetation which are a threatened species, population or ecological community, and
  • ensure that shark meshing does not jeopardise the survival or conservation status of threatened species, populations or ecological communities, or cause species that are not threatened to become threatened.

The joint management agreement is supported by a management plan.

Role of the Fisheries Scientific Committee

Before the Minister enters into a joint management agreement, the document must be provided to the Fisheries Scientific Committee for review, and the public must be given an opportunity to make submissions on the draft agreement.

The Fisheries Scientific Committee must also conduct an annual review of the performance of all parties to a joint management agreement and advise the Minister of any deficiencies in implementation of any joint management agreement by any party to it. These reviews are available at NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program.