To improve transparency of policy decisions, The Department of Regional NSW may post all or parts of any written submission on its website as a key component of reporting on the information used in the decision-making process.

We will consider that you have consented to publication of your submission, unless clearly stated otherwise in your submission.

Submissions are official information. For more details on our privacy obligations refer to the Department of Regional NSW Privacy Statement.

You can request access to your information at any time. People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. (GIPA Act). The GIPA Act encourages information to be made publicly available unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.

Call for public submissions - Total Allowable Catch Determinations – Red Sea Urchin


A new Total Allowable Catch (TAC) determination is required to be made for the annual commercial fishing period 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023 for Red Sea Urchin (Heliocidaris tuberculata) taken in the NSW Sea Urchin and Turban Shell Fishery.

The Committee will determine TAC arrangements for the 2023 fishing period and subject to consultation, will consider determining TAC arrangements for the 2024 fishing period.

Where can I find information?

Have your say

All members of the public, including all stakeholders and interest groups, are invited to make submissions on the appropriate level of TAC for Red Sea Urchin taken in the NSW Sea Urchin and Turban Shell fishery for the 2023 and 2024 calendar year fishing period.

All submissions should be directed in writing to the Total Allowable Fishing Committee via:

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Subject – Red Sea Urchin TAC submission

Closing date for submissions is 15 October 2022.

Stock Assessment Briefings

Online Stock Assessment briefings will be held by Fisheries Research to present and discuss assessment information available for Red Urchin on 4 October 2022 from 10am to 11am.

This will provide feedback for making of submissions and finalising assessment information for the TAC determination process for the 2023 and 2024 (subject to consultation) fishing periods.

To register attendance and receive the online meeting link, please email before 4 pm on 30 September 2022.

A 2022 catch summary update will be provided at the stakeholder meeting. A 2021 Stock Status Summary report for Red Urchin can be viewed on the DPI website at:

TAF Committee Meeting information

The TAF Committee will meet on 26 October 2022 in Sydney to consider relevant information to assist them in determining the Red Urchin TAC including stakeholder feedback.

Attendance to the meeting may be face to face or via Microsoft Teams meeting.

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

Note: To attend the meetings above 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.

More information

Commercial Fisheries Hotline:  1300 726 488

NSW Line & Trap Fishery Harvest Strategy Working Group – Call for Expressions of Interest

A Line & Trap Fishery Harvest Strategy Working Group is being established to engage key stakeholders in a collaborative process to develop harvest strategies for key species in the NSW inshore and offshore line & trap fisheries across all harvest sectors, commencing with Yellowtail Kingfish and Snapper.

A call for Expressions of Interest for independent members and stakeholder positions is now open.

Closing Date 14 September 2022

More information on the Line & Trap Fishery Harvest Strategy Working Group webpage.

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