APPENDIX 4: MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS AND MEETINGS

TROPICAL TUNA MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – TTMAC

Membership

  • Mr Bill Nagle – Chair
  • Mr Trent Timmiss – AFMA Member
  • Dr Campbell Davies – Research Member
  • Mr Terry Romaro – Industry Member
  • Mr Geoff Binns – Industry Member
  • Mr Paul Williams – Industry Member
  • Mr Gary Heilmann – Industry Member
  • Mr Peter Trott – Environment/Conservation Member
  • Mr Bill Edwards – Recreational/Charter Fishing Member
  • Mr Cathal Farrell – Industry Invited Participant
  • Ms Erica Starling – Industry Invited Participant
  • Mr Brian Jeffriess – Industry Invited Participant
  • Mr Len Olyott – Recreational/Charter Invited Participant
  • Dr Brigid Kerrigan – State Government Invited Participant

Meetings

TTMAC provides management advice on the Eastern Tuna and Billfish, Western Tuna and Billfish and Skipjack Tuna fisheries. TTMAC met twice during 2010–11.

During 2010–11, TTMAC provided advice on the development of the new Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan 2010. Under this plan the fishery is managed through an individually transferable quota system.

TTMAC considered the new management plan prior to release for public consultation on 18 October 2010. All public comments were subsequently considered by TTMAC and incorporated, where applicable, before the plan was recommended to be determined by the AFMA Commission.

During this time, TTMAC considered the Tropical Tuna Resource Assessment Group’s advice on recommended biological commercial catches for the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery and recommended total allowable commercial catch for quota species. All catch recommendations, with the exception of Bigeye Tuna, were made unanimously at TTMAC meetings on the 4th on 18th of January 2011.

GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT TRAWL MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – GABMAC

Membership

  • Mr Barry Windle – Chair
  • Mr Steve Auld/Mr Brad Milic – AFMA Member
  • Dr Ian Knuckey – Research Member
  • Mr Patrick O’Callaghan – Environment/Conservation Member
  • Mr Jim Raptis – Industry Member
  • Mr Jeff Moore – Industry Member
  • Mr Semi Skoljarev – Industry Member
  • Ms Marcia Valente – Industry Member
  • Ms Alice Fistr – State Government Member

Meetings

GABMAC held one meeting during 2010–11.

The committee was updated on recent outcomes from the trial of co-management with the Great Australian Bight Industry Association and the fishery independent survey recently completed in the Great Australian Bight Trawl Sector.

GABMAC also discussed the data and decision rules for the Great Australian Bight Trawl Fishery Harvest Strategy and made recommendations on the data to be used when applying these decision rules to the total allowable catch setting process for Deepwater Flathead and Bight Redfish. The committee also provided advice on the development of the strategic research plan and priorities for the fishery.

NORTHERN PRAWN MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – NORMAC

Membership

  • Mr Stuart Richey (AM) – Chair
  • Ms Melissa Brown – AFMA Member
  • Dr Cathy Dichmont – Research Member
  • Mr David Carter – Industry Member
  • Mr Ronald Earle –Industry Member
  • Mr Norman Peovitis – Industry Member
  • Mr George Raptis – Industry Member
  • Mr Gregory Albert – Industry Member
  • Mr Eddie Hegerl – Environment/Conservation Member
  • Mr Eddie Jebreen – State Government Invited Participant

Meetings

NORMAC met three times during 2010–11. The first meeting was in Brisbane on 14 July 2010 to consider the draft Northern Prawn Fishery management plan under Individual transferable quota management. While some industry members clearly stated their disagreement with the decision to implement output controls in the fishery, all members participated in the development of the operational details of the proposed quota system.

NORMAC met again in Brisbane on 3 March 2011 to consider the management of Banana Prawns (one of the three target species to be managed under catch limits) under output controls, and to discuss the market testing of the fishery’s integrated monitoring project. NORMAC also noted the progress on changes to the management plan for the fishery under output controls.

NORMAC also met on 29-30 June 2011 to consider changes to effort levels for the 2011 Tiger Prawn season, management of Banana Prawns under output controls, and the harvest strategy and management strategy evaluation for the fishery under output controls. NORMAC recommended a small increase in effort for the 2011 Tiger Prawn season given the favourable output from the bio-economic model for the Tiger Prawn fishery and noted the progress in moving the fishery towards output-based management.

SOUTHERN BLUEFIN TUNA MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – SBTMAC

Membership

  • Mr Peter Neville – Chair
  • Ms Trysh Stone/Mr Trent Timmiss – AFMA Member
  • Dr Gavin Begg – Research Member
  • Mr Glenn Sant – Environment/Conservation Member
  • Mr Greg Honeychurch – Industry Member (Farm Sector)
  • Mr Michael Thomas – Industry Member (Farm Sector)
  • Mr Andrew Wilkinson – Industry Member (Farm Sector)
  • Mr Mario Valcic – Industry Member (Farm Sector)
  • Mr Terry Romaro – Industry Invited Participant
  • Mr John Brooker – Recreational/Charter Invited Participant
  • Mr Martin Smallridge – State Government Invited Participant

Meetings

SBTMAC met once during 2010–11. Key domestic management outcomes of the meeting included:

  • endorsing a proposal from industry to change the date of the Australian quota year to earlier in the calendar year to maximize the value of the fishery. SBTMAC saw no reason to oppose such a change and agreed that the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association and AFMA should investigate options;
  • noting the achievement of observer targets in 2010 reported by the Observer Working Group and facilitating agreement with industry to further improve the program in 2011 by providing the names of catch boats to cover and working closely with AFMA.

BASS STRAIT CENTRAL ZONE SCALLOP FISHERY MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – SCALLOPMAC

Membership

  • Mr John Pollock – Chair
  • Mr Shane Gaddes/Mr Steve Shanks – AFMA Member
  • Mr Richard Martin – Research Member
  • Mr Jon Bryan – Environment/Conservation Member
  • Mr Jim Anastos – Industry Member
  • Mr Allan Barnett – Industry Member
  • Mr John Hammond – Industry Member
  • Mr Tom Mellas –Industry Member
  • Mr David Jarvis (Tas) – State Government Invited Participant
  • Ms Melissa Schubert (Vic) – State Government Invited Participant

Meetings

ScallopMAC held four meetings during 2010–11; three meetings by teleconference and one face-to-face.

The key issues considered were the review of the area open to fishing for the 2010 season, the review of the rotational boundaries open to fishing during the 2010 season, the assessment of ScallopRAG advice concerning the setting of total allowable catches and the area of the fishery to be opened for the 2011 season and start of a review of the harvest strategy.

SOUTH EAST MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – SEMAC

Membership

  • Mr Steve McCormack – Chair
  • Ms Beth Gibson – AFMA Member
  • Dr Sandy Morison – Research Member
  • Mr Simon Boag – Industry Member
  • Mr Will Mure/Mr Les Scott – Industry Member
  • Mr Theophilos Toumazos – Industry Member
  • Mr Lisle Elleway – Industry Member
  • Mr Gerry Geen – Industry Member
  • Ms Anissa Lawrence – Environment/ Conservation Member
  • Mr Anthony Ciconte – Industry Invited Participant
  • Dr Ian Knuckey – Research Invited Participant
  • Mr Malcolm Poole – Recreational/Charter Invited Participant
  • Mr Andrew Sullivan – State Government Invited Participant
  • Mr Jeff Moore – GAB Industry Invited Participant

Meetings

SEMAC met three times and also held two teleconferences during 2010–11. Matters considered by SEMAC include: managing the impact of gillnet fishing on Australian sea lions, proposals to lift current restrictions on gillnet length in the Gillnet Hook and Trap Fishery, AFMA’s Upper-Slope Dogfish Management Strategy and closures under that strategy; directions to limit snapper catches off Victoria and to trial various fishery management measures and total allowable catches or other catch limits in various fisheries.

Sub-Antarctic Fisheries Management Advisory Committee – SouthMAC

Membership

  • Mr Bill Nagle – Chair
  • Mr Peter Neave – AFMA Member
  • Mr Jon Bryan –Environment/Conservation Member
  • Ms Gillian Slocum – Australian Antarctic Division Member
  • Mr Martin Exel – Industry Member
  • Mr Les Scott – Industry Member
  • Prof Malcolm Haddon – Research Member

Meetings

SouthMAC met once in 2010–11. The committee discussed the outcomes from the twenty-ninth meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, including recommendations on the total allowable catches for Patagonian Toothfish and Mackerel Icefish in the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery.

SouthMAC also discussed developments in relation to the trial of demersal longline fishing in the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery, and endorsed a report which recommended that longlining become an approved fishing method, subject to a range of best practice mitigation strategies to avoid potential interactions with seabirds and limits on seabird species. The committee also discussed the development of an integrated assessment model for the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery, noting that the model integrates the emerging spatial and temporal changes that are occurring in the fishery. Other issues discussed included the 2010–11 budgets for Antarctic fisheries and reporting on performance against the measures outlined in the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery Management Plan 2002 and the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery Management Plan 2006.