Ministerial Advisory Councils

Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council

The Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council was established to provide the Minister for Primary Industries with high-level strategic policy advice on issues relating to the management of fisheries resources in NSW.

This includes advice to assist with the management of commercial fishing, recreational/charter fishing and Aboriginal cultural fishing as well as issues which impact across fisheries and sectors such as resource sharing, co-management, cost recovery and ecosystem based fisheries management.

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Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council

The Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council (AFAC) has been established under Section 229 of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 to provide strategic level advice to the Minister for Primary Industries on issues affecting Aboriginal fishing interest. It will continue to play an important role in the development of cultural fishing policy as well as exploring commercial opportunities for Aboriginal communities associated with fishing activities.

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Enquiries regarding the Council can be made by phoning the Recreational & Indigenous Fisheries Unit on (02) 4424 7400

Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council

Following industry-wide consultation, CommFish NSW has been established to provide commercial fishing stakeholders greater representation as part of the provision of independent advice, to the Minister for Primary Industries on strategic and policy issues relating to the commercial fishing industry in NSW.

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For all enquiries please call 0436 477 004; or


For more information visit Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council.

Undertake a correspondence submission to Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council.

Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council

The Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council (RFNSW) has been established to provide advice to the Minister for Primary Industries on key recreational fishing issues in NSW.

The Advisory Council is based around a modern representative model, ensuring the views of regional fishers from right across the State are communicated. RFNSW includes eight regional members, two members with expertise in spearfishing and charter boat fishing and other representatives that significantly benefit the function of the Advisory Council.

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Email:; or
Call: (02) 4424 7403

Other Fisheries bodies

For information on the Australian Fisheries Management Forum see here.