Open for Comment

NSW Lobster Industry Working Group – Terms of Reference review

The NSW Lobster Industry Working Group is the main consultative body for discussion on matters regarding the Lobster Fishery Total Allowable Commercial Catch setting process and other operational and policy matters for the Lobster Fishery.

The Terms of Reference (ToR) set out the membership and process for the working group, and are reviewed every three years.

Comments on the new draft ToR (PDF, 67.31 KB) are invited from industry and key stakeholder groups, and are welcome from other interested parties.

Comments should be directed in writing to or:

c/o Nicholas Giles
PO Box 4291
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Closing date for comments is 14 June 2019.

Once approved, nominations will be called for re-appointment of industry members for regions 2 (Smoky Cape to Seal Rocks) and 5 (Bundeena to Victorian border), and recreational, Aboriginal and conservation members.

For further information, please contact Mr Giles on 02 6691 9624.

Commercial Fishing Closures Proposed to be Made or Remade

Section 8 of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 provides for the Minister for Primary Industries to prohibit absolutely or conditionally the taking of fish or a specified class of fish from specified waters by notification published in the Government Gazette. Any such notification is called a "fishing closure". Fishing closures can be implemented to achieve many different outcomes, some of which include:

  • protect and conserve areas of key habitat
  • manage the amount of fishing effort in an area/region
  • manage resource sharing
  • minimise bycatch and the impacts of the fishery on threatened and protected species.

There are currently no closure proposals open for comment.