Working groups have been set up to identify and assess the options for linking shares to catch or fishing effort in each share class and to identify for review current restrictions or controls that inhibit business or operational efficiency. The working groups include NSW Department of Primary Industries and industry people only. Other sector groups, recreational fishing and conservation for example, are not involved in these discussions.
All shareholders have been encouraged to put forward ideas and proposals for consideration by the working groups, and the shortlisted share linkage options and current controls or restrictions for review were workshopped in late 2013. The ideas that have been workshopped to date will soon be released for wider consultation with all commercial fishers and other stakeholder groups.
The working groups are not decision making bodies and will not make final recommendations on linkage. This will be the role of the independent Structural Adjustment Review Committee (SARC). Opportunities for input before the final decision on linkage is made by the Minister are still available and all stakeholders are encouraged to make use of these.
The working group's Terms of Reference are:
For enquiries concerning the share linkage working group process please contact Dale Gollan, Fisheries Manager, on (02) 4916 3920.
Meeting 2 - 13 November 2013 Coffs Harbour
Meeting 1 – 17 June 2013 Coffs Harbour