DPI Fisheries has recently established a Lobster Harvest Strategy Working Group (Working Group) to engage in a collaborative process to develop a formal harvest strategy for the Lobster Fishery in New South Wales.
The existing NSW Lobster Industry Working Group is the key consultative mechanism for Total allowable Commercial Catch determinations and other policy and operational issues relating to the NSW Lobster fishery. Membership positions include commercial fishers, recreational, Aboriginal and Conservation member positions.
This working group will now be expanded to form the Lobster Harvest Strategy Working Group, providing further engagement and independent advice to progress and finalise the harvest strategy
Finalising a harvest strategy for the Lobster Fishery will improve transparency and certainty in future decision making on Total Allowable Catch levels and engage fishers and key stakeholders in the design and development process.
The Working Group is a sub-committee of the NSW Commercial Fisheries Advisory Council (CommFish). The newly appointed members and Chairperson are all highly experienced and bring decades of experience to this important Working Group.
Mr Ian Cartwright has been appointed to the role of Independent Chairperson. Mr Cartwright is a marine resource management specialist with over 30 years’ experience.
Professor Keith Sainsbury has been appointed to the role of Independent Scientist. Professor Sainsbury has extensive experience in fisheries science and its application in fishery management.
Ms Sevally Sen has been appointed to the Independent Economist role. Ms Sen is a professional economist with significant experience in the provision of independent strategic and economic advice to Commonwealth and State government, international development agencies, non-government organisations and private companies.
Other members of the Working Group include: