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Secretary invites public submissions on Total Allowable Catch

The Secretary of the Department of Industry invites all stakeholders and public interest groups to make a submission on the appropriate level of the annual Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for commercial fishers for 17 species or species groups.

Total allowable catch for NSW species to be managed by a catch quota

The commercial Estuary General (Hand Gathering), Ocean Hauling (Purse Seine), Ocean Trap and Line (Line East) and Ocean Trawl (Inshore / Offshore Prawn and Fish North) fisheries have a number of species that will be managed by a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for commercial fishing. The TACs for the upcoming annual fishing period are to be determined by the Secretary of the Department of Industry under the provisions of the Fisheries Management Act 1994.

The Secretary invites all members of the public, including all stakeholders and interest groups, to make submissions on the appropriate level of the TAC for commercial fishers for the species listed below.

  • Australian sardine
  • Bass grouper
  • Beachworms
  • Bigeye ocean perch/Ocean reef perch/Longfin perch (combined)
  • Blue eye trevalla
  • Blue mackerel
  • Bluespotted flathead
  • Cockles
  • Eastern school whiting/Stout whiting (combined)
  • Gemfish
  • Ghost nipper
  • Hapuku
  • Pink ling
  • Pipi
  • Silver trevally
  • Tiger flathead
  • Yellowtail scad

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 closures listed for industry consultation.