Open for Comment

Consultation Paper - Prawn counts for NSW commercial fisheries

Prawn counts in the Ocean Trawl, Estuary Prawn Trawl, and Estuary General Fisheries are in place to promote the harvesting of prawns at a size that provides economic benefits. Prawn counts are implemented through a fishing closure made under the Fisheries Management Act 1994. The current prawn count fishing closure expires in December 2019. It is proposed to continue with the current arrangements for a period of up to 5 years.

Have your say:

DPI invites written submissions on the proposed prawn counts. Download the Consultation Paper (PDF, 173.54 KB).
The closing date for submissions is 6 December 2019.
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More information: Commercial Fisheries Hotline: 1300 726 488

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.