Open for Comment

DPI has sought feedback on a range of proposals to amend fisheries and aquaculture regulations. These proposals have been identified by stakeholders and DPI to better manage our fisheries resources and reduce unnecessary red tape. There are two parts to these proposals:

  • Part A. Commercial Fisheries Business Efficiency Program (BEP)
    These proposed regulation changes relate to commercial fisheries and have been identified by the commercial fishing industry to improve their business efficiency. The NSW Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council has considered these proposals and recommended that they proceed to broader community consultation.

Submissions were open from 12 February to 16 April 2021 and are now CLOSED. Submissions received are now being considered by DPI Fisheries.

Part A: Commercial Fisheries Business Efficiency Program (BEP)

During the initial phase of BEP consultation which ended back in May 2020, DPI received a large number of proposals to change or remove rules which impede business efficiency. The next phase of consultation on these proposals will occur in batches.

DPI is currently seeking industry feedback on the first batch of proposals, and we continue to work with CommFish on additional proposals put forward during the consultation. Following the consideration by CommFish of these other proposals, DPI will consult further with fisheries stakeholders on additional batches of regulatory reform in 2021. Feedback received during this phase of consultation will be considered before any decision is made to proceed with any specific proposal.

Please download the relevant consultation papers below:

  1. Longer term commercial fishing licences (PDF, 611.62 KB)
  2. Removal of boat licences (PDF, 746.38 KB)
  3. Maximum shareholding in the Lobster Fishery (PDF, 656.16 KB)
  4. Inland restricted fishery endorsements (PDF, 666.29 KB)
  5. Real-time reporting Line East (PDF, 658.05 KB)
  6. Real-time reporting Ocean Haul Garfish (PDF, 655.76 KB)
  7. Real-time reporting interstate Ocean Trawl (PDF, 670.09 KB)
  8. Nominating endorsement holders (PDF, 704.1 KB)

Have your say

Submissions were open from 12 February to 16 April 2021 and are now CLOSED. Submissions received are now being considered by DPI Fisheries.

For more information please contact the commercial fisheries hotline on 1300 726 488.

Part B: Proposed amendments to fisheries and aquaculture regulations

In addition to the BEP proposals above, a range of additional proposals that promote efficiency and reduce unnecessary red tape have been identified by DPI. These proposals benefit a range of fisheries resource users including commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fishers, aquaculture operators and charter fishing businesses. The proposals are presented in the consultation papers below against the most relevant sector/s to which they apply.

These regulations will:

  • Simplify the operating environment
  • Clarify the rights and responsibilities of fishers
  • Cut unnecessary red tape to reduce the regulatory burden on fishers
  • The regulation amendments will benefit aquaculture, recreational fishing, marine & coastal environment, charter fishing, aboriginal fishing and commercial fishing.

Submissions were open from 12 February to 16 April 2021 and are now CLOSED. Submissions received are now being considered by DPI Fisheries.

Have your say on the proposals affecting Aquaculture

A number of Aquaculture Regulation amendments and additions have been proposed to streamline best practice administrative arrangements, incentivise the oyster industry to adopt best practice and add new regulations. The majority of proposals were considered in their development in consultation with industry advisory committees. The proposed amendments will support a viable and sustainable aquaculture industry in NSW.

Submissions were open from 12 February to 16 April 2021 and are now CLOSED. Submissions received are now being considered by DPI Fisheries.

Have your say on the proposals affecting Recreational Fishing

DPI continues to work to reduce the regulatory burden of the past and identify opportunities to remove red tape. Some existing recreational fisheries regulations have been identified that are no longer necessary or require clarification to make them easier for fishers to understand. The proposed amendments will allow for new fishing opportunities and provide more convenient and practicable fishing experiences.

Submissions were open from 12 February to 16 April 2021 and are now CLOSED. Submissions received are now being considered by DPI Fisheries.

Have your say on the proposals affecting Aquatic Environments & Threatened Species

A number of minor amendments are proposed to reduce red tape for low risk activities affecting aquatic environments and clarify management arrangements for some activities affecting threatened and protected species. The proposed changes will reduce regulatory complexity, allow low risk activities to occur and provide greater clarity for stakeholders.

Submissions were open from 12 February to 16 April 2021 and are now CLOSED. Submissions received are now being considered by DPI Fisheries.

Have your say on the proposals affecting the Aboriginal & Charter Fishing

Have your say on the proposal affecting Aboriginal fishing

The Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council (AFAC) is established under Section 229 of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 to provide strategic level advice to the Minister for Primary Industries on issues affecting Aboriginal fishing. The current quorum has on occasion impacted the AFAC’s ability to undertake formal business.

The proposed change is to reduce the quorum for meetings of the AFAC from a two-thirds majority of its members to, a majority of its members. This proposed change will align the AFAC’s quorum with all other fisheries related advisory councils. AFAC has supported this proposed change.

Submissions were open from 12 February to 16 April 2021 and are now CLOSED. Submissions received are now being considered by DPI Fisheries.

Have your say on the proposal affecting Charter fishing

Licencing for Charter fishing in NSW commenced in 2000, following extensive consultation with industry. Over time, statutory commercial fishing access entitlements in NSW have shifted from the annual issue of licences to an ongoing fisheries business determination and card. In 2015, the Fisheries Management Amendment Act was passed, enabling for the Charter fishing sector to be managed under a similar regime. This arrangement will provide more certainty for charter fishing business owners, whilst reducing the administrative burden and providing increased flexibility.

The change includes the removal of the linkages between business and the vessel, enabling the need for operators to submit a boat licence transfer and pay the applicable $401 transfer fee. The proposed amendments will open up new charter fishing business opportunities, including non-powered vessels (kayaks or alike) to be licenced.

Submissions were open from 12 February to 16 April 2021 and are now CLOSED. Submissions received are now being considered by DPI Fisheries.

Have your say on the proposals affecting Commercial Fishing

We know there are commercial fisheries regulations in place that create a regulatory burden for fishers and severely impact their business viability. It’s important that outdated regulations are removed to ensure that the commercial fishing industry can get on with the job of providing fresh NSW seafood to the consumer, without unnecessary costs or regulatory burden.

Submissions were open from 12 February to 16 April 2021 and are now CLOSED. Submissions received are now being considered by DPI Fisheries.

For more information please contact the commercial fisheries hotline on 1300 726 488