Trawl Whiting Harvest Strategy Working Group

A Trawl Whiting Harvest Strategy Working Group (Working Group) was established in September 2020 to steer a collaborative process to develop a formal harvest strategy for Trawl Whiting, a component of the Ocean Trawl Fishery in New South Wales.

Developing a harvest strategy for Trawl Whiting has engaged industry and key stakeholders in the design and development process, and will improve transparency and certainty in future decision making on Total Allowable Catch levels.

The Working Group is a sub-committee of the NSW Commercial Fisheries Advisory Council (CommFish NSW). The appointed members and Chairperson are all highly experienced and bring decades of knowledge to this important Working Group.

Independent members of the working group include:

  • Chairperson - Mr Peter Neville

Mr Neville has extensive fisheries management experience in Australia. He has chaired advisory bodies for several State and Territory governments and for the Commonwealth.

  • Independent Scientist - Professor Tony Smith AM

Prof. Smith has extensive experience in fisheries stock assessment and harvest strategy development. He was a member of the group that developed the National Harvest Strategy Guidelines.

  • Independent Economist – Dr Julian Morison

Dr Morison has over 30 years’ experience as an agricultural and natural resource economist, providing advice on economic aspects of fisheries management.

Other members of the Working Group include:

  • Mr Brett Bollinger – NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery member
  • Mr Frank Musumeci – NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery member
  • Mr Gregory Parker – NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery member
  • Mr Michael Pinzone – NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery member
  • Prof Stephan Schnierer– NSW Aboriginal Fisheries Advisory Council member
  • Mr Darren Ward – CommFish NSW member
  • Ms Patricia Beatty – Professional Fisher’s Association member
  • Ms Jo Starling – RFNSW member
  • Dr Natalie Moltschaniwskyj (Director of DPI Fisheries Research) – DPI Fisheries Scientist
  • Mr Darren Hale (Senior Fisheries Manager) – DPI Fisheries Manager

Draft NSW Trawl Whiting Harvest Strategy

Meeting 1 - 20 November 2020 -  Online

Meeting 2 - 3 & 4 December 2020 - Ballina

Meeting 3 - 17 December 2020 - Online

Meeting 4 - 21 January 2021 - Online

Meeting 5 - 4 March 2021 - Online

Meeting 6 - 13 April 2021 - Online

Meeting 7 - 2 & 3 June 2021 - Ballina

Meeting 8 - 4 August 2021 - Online

Trawl Whiting Harvest Strategy Working Group Terms Of Reference (PDF, 675.62 KB)