A new Total Allowable Catch (TAC) determination is required to be made for the following quota species for the fishing period 1 May 2021 – 30 April 2022:
Ocean Trawl Fishery
Ocean Trap and Line Fishery
Ocean Hauling Fishery
The Department of Primary Industries – DPI Fisheries invites all members of the public, including all stakeholders and interest groups, to make submissions on the appropriate level of TAC for the species above.
All submissions should be directed in writing to:
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Subject – TAC determination submission – (please indicate fishery/species)
Closing date for submissions is 18 January 2021
Status of Australian Fish Stocks at www.fish.gov.au
NSW DPI website at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/TAC
Commercial Fisheries Hotline: 1300 726 488
A Lobster Harvest Strategy Working Group is being established to engage key stakeholders in a collaborative process to develop a formal harvest strategy for the NSW Lobster Fishery.
Calls for Expression of Interest for independent members closed 4 September 2020
More information on the Lobster Harvest Strategy Working Group.
The NSW Trawl Whiting Harvest Strategy Working Group is being established to engage key stakeholders in a collaborative process to develop a harvest strategy for the NSW Trawl Whiting Fishery.
Closed Wednesday 29 July 2020
More information on Trawl Whiting Harvest Strategy Working Group
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 18th February 2020.
The Department is currently assessing all submissions and considering feedback received.
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.