Open for Comment

Commercial Fisheries Business Efficiency Program

DPI would like to invite NSW commercial fishers and the interested stakeholders to provide feedback and suggestions on commercial fishing regulations, to identify rules that could be amended (or removed) to improve operational efficiency, where practical, and reduce unnecessary red tape.

Call for Public Submissions - Total Allowable Catch


A new Total Allowable Catch (TAC) determination is required to be made for the following fisheries, quota species and periods:

Ocean hauling purse seine (1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021):

  • Australian sardine
  • blue mackerel
  • yellowtail scad

Ocean trap and line (1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021):

  • bass grouper
  • blue-eye trevalla
  • gemfish
  • hapuku
  • pink ling
  • bigeye ocean perch

Ocean trap and line - spanner crab (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021)

Abalone (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021)

Where can I find information on these species?

Have your say

The Department of Primary Industries – DPI Fisheries invites all members of the public, including all stakeholders and interest groups, to make submissions on the appropriate level of TAC for the species above.

All submissions should be directed in writing to:

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Subject - TAC determination submissions

Please indicate which fishery and species your submission is in relation to.

Closing date for submissions for ocean trap and line (except spanner crab) and ocean hauling species is 27 March 2020.

Closing date for submissions for ocean trap and line spanner crab and abalone is 14 April 2020.

More information

Commercial Fisheries Hotline:  1300 726 488

Information Paper - TAC and TAF Committee (PDF, 235.49 KB)

NSW Total Allowable Catch and Effort - Timelines (PDF, 4485.43 KB)

PDF copy of this notice (PDF, 170.72 KB)

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.