A call for Expressions of Interest for Regions 1, 3 and 4, Aboriginal and Conservation member positions of the NSW Lobster Industry Working Group is now open.
Closing Date: Sunday 18 July 2021
For more information on the working group and how to apply, see the NSW Lobster Industry Working Group page.
In early March 2020, the Department of Primary Industries invited public feedback on existing commercial fisheries regulations that, following the recent reforms to the NSW commercial fishing industry, are no longer necessary and continue to impede business efficiency.
The public consultation period closed on Sunday 31 May 2020.
Feedback will be considered by DPI, the Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council and any other relevant advisory group. Prior to any decisions being made, further consultation will occur on appropriate proposals that promote fishing business efficiency and remove unnecessary red tape.
In January 2020, the Department of Primary Industries invited public feedback on a proposal to allow commercial and recreational fishers to use crab traps in the Clarence River upstream of the Maclean Court House.
The public consultation period closed on 18 February 2020.
Following careful consideration of the proposed change to crab trapping rules in the Clarence River and submissions received during public consultation, there will be no changes made and the existing arrangements will be maintained.
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.
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.