NORTH WEST SLOPE AND WESTERN DEEPWATER TRAWL FISHERIES

Major species:

North West Slope Trawl
• Scampi
• Deepwater Prawns

Western Deepwater Trawl
• Bugs
• Snapper
• Deepwater Flathead
• mixed finfish

Estimated catch 2010-11:

North West Slope Trawl
38 tonnes
Western Deepwater Trawl
13 tonnes

Gross value of production 2010-11:
Not available

DEVELOPMENTS IN 2011–12

A revised harvest strategy for the North West Slope and Western Deepwater Trawl fisheries was implemented on 1 October 2011.
A voluntary closure in the Kimberley region of the North West Slope Trawl Fishery expired on 30 September 2011 allowing the targeting of finfish species in this area.

New permit conditions relating to mandatory observer coverage and reporting of interactions with vulnerable marine ecosystems (such as coral and sponge) were implemented in the North West Slope Trawl Fishery.

The Australian and Western Australian governments continued to discuss the potential re-alignment of the boundary descriptions of the North West Slope and Western Deepwater Trawl fisheries, in line with an updated definition of the 200 metre depth contour off Western Australia.

REPORT AGAINST MANAGEMENT PLAN

The fisheries were managed in accordance with the 2011 harvest strategy, the Statement of Management Arrangements and a series of permit conditions.