Public comment: Review of the SPF Scientific Panel and Stakeholder Forum Model

Considering the views of stakeholders is an important part of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) management of Commonwealth fisheries, including the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF).

On 16 October 2015, the independent AFMA Commission decided to undertake a two year trial of a Scientific Panel and Stakeholder Forum Model, as a way to enable more stakeholders to engage in the advisory process while maintaining the focus on the scientific and economic advice it is seeking.

Details on the roles and responsibilities of the SPF Scientific Panel and Stakeholder Forums can be found in the policy paper: “Acquiring scientific advice by the use of a Scientific Panel and Stakeholder Forums in the SPF (2015)”.

In July 2017 AFMA began a review of the Model and is consulting with key stakeholders, the Scientific Panel, the South East Management Advisory Committee (SEMAC) and the public to inform this review.

While the review is being undertaken, the Model will remain in place. It is expected this review will be finalised by 30 June 2018.

If you wish to provide input to this review please complete this online questionnaire by 2 February 2018. All feedback is appreciated.

Following consultation, recommendations regarding the model for the future provision of scientific and economic advice in the SPF will be provided to the independent AFMA Commission for consideration.

For your information – the last Stakeholder Forum was held in Sydney on 6 December 2017 and will be followed by an SPF Scientific Panel meeting on 22 January 2018. More information regarding these meetings can be found on the AFMA website.