NORFOLK ISLAND FISHERIES

Major species:

Norfolk Island Inshore Fishery – Red Throat Emperor

Norfolk Island Offshore Demersal Finfish Fishery – n/a

Estimated catch 2009-10:
No commercial catch. Recreational and charter fishing only.

Gross value of production:
Nil

DEVELOPMENTS IN 2010–11

AFMA continues work with the Norfolk Island Government and other stakeholders to implement the commitments made under the Norfolk Island Inshore Fishery Management Policy 2009

AFMA continues work with the Norfolk Island Government and other stakeholders to implement the commitments made under the Norfolk Island Inshore Fishery Management Policy 2009

Norfolk Island Inshore Fishery

  • AFMA has continued working with the Norfolk Island Government and other stakeholders to implement the commitments made under the Norfolk Island Inshore Fishery Management Policy 2009 and associated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU has enabled AFMA to maintain a monitoring and advisory role in the fishery, which has included the collection and reporting of data.
  • To meet the intent of the Norfolk Island Inshore Fishery Management Policy, the Norfolk Island Government will develop its own legislation to regulate boat safety, registration and data gathering. This work commenced in 2010–11 and will continue to be undertaken in
    2011–12 in consultation with Australian Government agencies.
  • AFMA has also undertaken to develop a small scale commercial fishery in the inshore waters around Norfolk Island following the AFMA Commission’s ‘in principle’ agreement to undertake this work. This work commenced in 2010–11 and will continue in 2011–12. Following consultation with Australian Government agencies and the Norfolk Island Government the scale and nature of the fishery will be determined. Any management arrangements developed will consider the financial and legislative reforms being applied on Norfolk Island by the Australian Government.

Norfolk Island Offshore Demersal Finfish Fishery

The fishery is currently closed. In February 2008 the then AFMA Board determined that a management plan was not warranted for the fishery at that time. A strategic approach to managing all small, developing and exploratory Commonwealth fisheries, including this fishery, is underway.