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Lobster Total Allowable Fishing Committee Meeting Rescheduled

The Total Allowable Fishing Committee (TAFC) meeting for a new Total Allowable Catch determination required for Eastern Rock Lobster in the NSW Lobster Share Management Fishery for the fishing period 1 August 2022 to 30 July 2023 for has been rescheduled and the TAFC will meet on 1 June 2022 in Sydney to consider relevant information to assist them in their determination.

Attendance to the meeting may be face to face or via Microsoft Teams meeting. To attend via Microsoft Teams, you will need access to a computer with a microphone and camera (camera is not essential), or a smart device could be used.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please email your interest and preferred attendance method to

More information

Commercial Fisheries Hotline:  1300 726 488

Recommendation for Multiple Year, Total Allowable Catch Determination for Trawl Whiting and Bluespotted Flathead in the Ocean Trawl Fishery

The Total Allowable Fishing (TAF) Committee has recommended that the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery remain at 1,066 tonnes for Trawl Whiting (Eastern School and Stout) and 108.1 tonnes for Bluespotted Flathead for the 2022/23 fishing season. This recommendation has been subsequently approved and notified. 

In addition to this TAC determination, the TAF Committee has recommended that the TAC for Trawl Whiting and Bluespotted Flathead remain unchanged for the 2023/24 fishing season. This will effectively establish a two-year TAC, which will provide stability for businesses operating in this fishery, consistent with the decision rules outlined in the recently adopted NSW Trawl Whiting Harvest Strategy.

Have your say

The Department of Primary Industries – DPI Fisheries is inviting submissions on the continuation of the TAC of 1,066 tonnes for Trawl Whiting and 108.1 tonnes for Bluespotted Flathead into the 2023/24 fishing season.

All submissions should be directed in writing to:

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Subject – Trawl 2023/24 TAC submission

Closing date for submissions is 29 May 2022

Where can I find information?

Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council

The Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council (MFAC) was established to provide cross-sectoral advice on strategic policy issues to the Minister for Primary Industries. It includes representatives from the commercial, recreational, indigenous, aquaculture and conservation sectors and has an independent chair.

Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council

The Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council (CommFish NSW) was established to be the key advisory body providing ongoing expert advice to Government on matters relevant to the sector.

Working groups

Working groups will be established as required to provide expert advice on specific issues.

Becoming a committee or working group member

Notices calling for expressions of interest for advisory councils and working groups are published on this website.

Peak industry body for NSW commercial fishers

The NSW Government supports the establishment of a peak industry body to represent the interests of commercial fishers in NSW, and potentially deliver consultation services on behalf of the NSW Government.

Open for comment

Commercial fishing industry advice and comments are often sought to inform fisheries management arrangements. Notices calling for industry comment are posted here.

Former commercial fisheries advisory bodies