Total allowable catch and fishing effort determinations

Total Allowable Catch (TAC)

A Total Allowable Catch or ‘TAC’ is the maximum amount of a particular fish species that can be taken by commercial fishers during a fishing period.

A TAC is determined for each catch quota managed species in NSW for each new fishing period and a share of the TAC is allocated (as quota) to owners of species quota shares in proportion to the number of shares they hold.

The species that currently have TACs in NSW fisheries are:

Ocean Trawl Fishery

  • Bluespotted flathead
  • Tiger flathead
  • Eastern school whiting/Stout whiting   (combined)
  • Silver trevally
  • Gemfish

Ocean Trap & Line

  • Gemfish
  • Bass grouper
  • Blue eye trevalla
  • Hapuku
  • Pink ling
  • Bigeye ocean perch
  • Spanner crab

Ocean Hauling

  • Australian sardine
  • Blue mackerel
  • Yellowtail scad
  • Eastern sea garfish

Estuary General

  • Beachworms
  • Cockles
  • Ghost nipper
  • Pipi
  • Mud crab
  • Blue swimmer crab
  • Longfin river eel and Shortfin river eel   (combined)

Abalone

  • Blacklip abalone

Lobster

  • Eastern rock lobster

Sea Urchin and Turban Shell

  • Red sea urchin

Total Allowable Fishing Effort (TAE)

Similar to a TAC, a TAE is the maximum amount of fishing effort (e.g. days) that can be used by commercial fishers during a fishing period.

A TAE is determined for each fishing effort quota managed fishery in NSW for each new fishing period and a share of the TAE is allocated (as days) to owners of relevant shares in proportion to the number of shares they hold.

The fisheries that currently have TAEs in NSW fisheries are:

Ocean Trawl Fishery

  • Ocean trawl – inshore prawn
  • Ocean trawl – offshore prawn

Estuary General

  • Meshing
  • Category One Hauling
  • Category Two Hauling

Who makes TAC and TAE determinations?

For Lobster, Abalone and Red sea urchin, the independent Total Allowable Fishing (TAF) Committee makes a TAC determination for each new fishing period.

For other quota managed species, the Minister directs either the TAF Committee or the Secretary of the Department of Regional NSW to make a TAC or TAE determination.

The TAF Committee consists of four members and one deputy member.

  • Independent chairperson (Dr Bruce Mapstone)
  • Natural Resource Economist (Dr Sean Pascoe)
  • Fisheries Scientist (Dr Keith Sainsbury)
  • A person with appropriate fisheries management qualifications (Alice McDonald)
  • Deputy Fisheries Scientist (Dr Rich Little)

Information on TAC and TAE determinations for the 2020/21 fishing period can be found here 

TAC and TAE Determinations

Information Paper for Industry - Eastern Rock Lobster 2020/21 (PDF, 125.72 KB)

Fishing Determination Instrument for Eastern Rock Lobster 2020/21 (PDF, 154.9 KB)

Information Paper for Industry - Spanner Crab TAC Determination 2020/21 (PDF, 137.2 KB)

Fishing Determination Instrument for Spanner Crab 2020/21 (PDF, 149.74 KB)

Information Paper for Industry - Abalone TAC Determination 2020/21 (PDF, 135.73 KB)

Fishing Determination Instrument for the Abalone Fishery 2020/21 (PDF, 315.24 KB)

Information Paper for Industry - Estuary General Hand Gathering Fishery TAC Determination - 2020/21 (PDF, 140.25 KB)

Fishing Determination Instrument for the Estuary General Hand Gathering Fishery 2020/21 (PDF, 208.25 KB)

Information Paper for Industry - Ocean Trawl Fishery TAC Determination - 2020/21 (PDF, 142.83 KB)

Information Paper for Industry - Ocean Trap & Line Fishery TAC Determination - 2020/21 (PDF, 140.45 KB)

Information Paper to Industry - Ocean Haul Fishery - TAC Determinations - 2020/21 (PDF, 138.39 KB)

Fishing Determination Instrument for the Ocean Trawl Fishery 2020/21 (PDF, 368.12 KB)

Fisheries Management (Fishing Determinations Ocean Trap and Line and Ocean Hauling Fisheries) Notification 2020 (PDF, 180.57 KB)

TAC and TAE Determination Reports

When the TAF Committee makes a TAC / TAE determination, the Committee provides a Determination Report that explains the reasons for their determination.

NSW Total Allowable Fishing Committee - Eastern Rock Lobster Report & Determination for 2020/21 Fishing Period (PDF, 2513.61 KB)

NSW Total Allowable Fishing Committee - Spanner Crab Report and Determination for 2020/21 fishing period (PDF, 818.49 KB)

NSW Total Allowable Fishing Committee-Estuary General Hand Gathering Fishery Report and Determinations for the 2020/21 Fishing Period (PDF, 1684.73 KB)

NSW Total Allowable Fishing Committee - Ocean Trawl Fishery Report and Determinations for the 2020–21 Fishing Period (PDF, 2131.42 KB)

Further Information

Quota Usage Season Snapshot current fishing period (PDF, 205.96 KB)

Stock Assessment Summaries

Information Paper: Total allowable catch and the TAF Committee (PDF, 656.5 KB)

Infographic on TAC and TAE determinations for the 2020/21 fishing period (PDF, 4485.43 KB)