New consultation arrangements were introduced in November 2012 following an Independent Review of NSW Commercial Fisheries Policy, Management and Administration. These arrangements supersede the former Seafood Industry Advisory Council and commercial fishery Management Advisory Committees.
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.
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.
The TAC Committee is a statutory body established under the provisions of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 (the Act). It is required to determine and keep under review total allowable catch (or fishing effort) levels, as required. It gives effect to the objects of the Act having regard to all relevant scientific, industry, community, social and economic factors. The focus of the TAC Committee at present is to determine and review the total allowable catches for the commercial abalone and rock lobster fisheries in NSW. Membership of the TAC Committee comprises of the following four positions.
Working groups will be established as required to provide expert advice on specific issues.
Notices calling for expressions of interest for advisory councils and working groups are published on this website.
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.
Commercial fishing industry advice and comments are often sought to inform fisheries management arrangements. Notices calling for industry comment are posted here.