Fishers given greater input into harvest strategies

24 Nov 2020

The State’s fishing industries will benefit from greater certainty and transparency in fisheries management decisions, with the NSW Government today launching a draft policy and guidelines to steer the development of harvest strategies.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall today encouraged commercial fishers, industry members and stakeholders to review and provide their feedback on the draft policy and guidelines.

“The NSW Government wants to work in direct partnership with the fishing industry to provide commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fishers what they need to be sustainable and profitable into the future,” Mr Marshall said.

“In June this year I announced the NSW Government would provide fishers greater certainty and transparency in fisheries management decisions, through the development of tailored harvest strategies, and today is the first step towards that.

“This is a critical part in the development of tailored harvest strategies for each fishery, and for giving all stakeholders a clear understanding of how, when and why fisheries management decisions are made.

“This approach is world’s best-practice, and I’m pleased to see it jointly driven and adopted by the industry and government in partnership for the benefit of our commercial fishers, consumers of NSW seafood and the wider community.”

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has developed the draft policy and guidelines, supported by the Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council, NSW CommFish, RecFishNSW and the Aboriginal Fisheries Advisory Council.

Harvest strategies will be drafted by working groups comprised of an independent chair, independent scientist and independent economist, along with representatives from the commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fishing sectors, as well as DPI.

Working groups for the Trawl Whiting and Rock Lobster fisheries have already been established.

Harvest strategies are a key deliverable under the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy 2018-2028.

The draft policy and guidelines are available for review on the NSW DPI website.