Open for Comment

Total Allowable Commercial Catch for the

NSW Lobster Share Management Fishery

Call for Pubic Submissions

The NSW commercial Lobster Fishery is subject to an annual catch cap. This cap is determined by an independent committee known as the Total Allowable Fishing Committee (the TAF Committee), established under the Fisheries Management Act 1994.

The TAF Committee invites stakeholders and interest groups to make submissions on the appropriate level of the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for the Lobster Fishery for the August 2019 to July 2020 fishing period inclusive.

Please note that, unless requested otherwise, submissions made to the TAF Committee are public documents, and therefore subject to Government information public access law.

The TAF Committee is required to give effect to the objects of the Fisheries Management Act 1994; to have regard to all relevant scientific, industry, community, social and economic factors; and to make a determination with respect to the commercial fisheries.

Legislation also requires the TAF Committee to have regard to:

  • The need to ensure that the exploitation of fisheries resources is conducted in a manner that will conserve fish stocks in the long term;
  • The impact of fishing activities on all species of fish and aquatic environment; and
  • The precautionary principle, namely, that if there are threats of serious or irreversible damage to fish stocks, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent that damage.

Submissions should be directed in writing to:

TAF Committee Chair

c/o Nicholas Giles

PO Box 4291

Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

tafc.submission@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Closing date for submissions is 13 May 2019

For further information, please contact Fisheries Manager Nicholas 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.