Management Advisory Committees are statutory committees established by AFMA under section 56 of the Fisheries Administration Act 1991.
The committees provide advice to AFMA on the preparation of management arrangements, the operation of the relevant fishery and reporting to AFMA on scientific, economic and other information on the status of fish stocks, substocks, species (target and non—target species) and the impact of fishing on the marine environment. This advice should be evidence—based and address biological, economic and wider ecological factors affecting the performance of the fishery. Committee advice assists AFMA in its role to regulate commercial fishing of Commonwealth fisheries.
The committee held two face—to—face meetings in Sydney during 2014–15. The committee made recommendations to the AFMA Commission on total allowable commercial catch limits for both the Eastern and Western Tuna and Billfish fisheries species. The committee also discussed the implementation of electronic monitoring, the 2015–16 budget and the outcomes of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and Indian Ocean Tuna Commission meetings.
In addition, the committee held one out—of—session teleconference in 2015 to discuss the two electronic monitoring directions; the Electronic Monitoring (Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery) Direction 2015 and the Electronic Monitoring (Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery) Direction 2015. In 2014, the committee also provided an out—of—session recommendation to AFMA Management for the negotiation of a five year List of Exempt Native Specimens exemption under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 for both the Eastern and Western Tuna and Billfish fisheries.
The committee met once during 2014–15 and discussed the South Australia Offshore Constitutional Settlement arrangements out of session. It made recommendations to the AFMA Commission in relation to total allowable catches for quota species and future co—management arrangements for the fishery.
The committee held one face—to—face meeting in Brisbane during 2014–15. The committee discussed the five year strategic research plan and future management arrangements for the Northern Prawn Fishery.
The committee also held two out—of—session teleconferences in 2014 to discuss general management arrangements and research applications.
The committee met once in 2014–15 and discussed the outcomes of the 2014 meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna Scientific Committee. This included noting the outcomes of the 2014 stock assessment.
The committee also discussed the Southern Bluefin Tuna Annual Research Statement (2015–16), endorsed the five year Strategic Research Plan (2014–2018) and recommended changes to a number of permit conditions to reduce red tape.
The committee held one teleconference meeting during 2014–15 to discuss their recommendation to the AFMA Commission for the 2014 total allowable catch for commercial scallops in the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery.
The committee also held two face—to—face meetings during 2014–15 in Hobart and Canberra. The committee discussed the revised harvest strategy, procedures to test for Paralytic Shellfish Toxin and the 2015–16 budget. The committee made recommendations to the AFMA Commission on the 2015 total allowable catch for commercial scallops.
The committee held two face—to—face meetings in Canberra, one face—to—face meeting in Melbourne, three teleconferences and one email meeting during 2014–15.
The committee made recommendations to the AFMA Commission on total allowable catches and effort controls for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery, the Small Pelagic Fishery and the Southern Squid Jig Fishery. The committee also reviewed management arrangements and rebuilding strategies for several species.
Additionally the committee discussed the fishery’s annual and strategic research plan, the review of historic closures across various gear sectors, the implementation of electronic monitoring in the Gillnet, Hook and Trap Sector, the implementation of the Dolphin Management Strategy and amendments to the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Harvest Strategy Framework.
The committee held one face—to—face meeting and one teleconference during 2014–15. It made recommendations to the AFMA Commission on total allowable catches for Patagonian toothfish and mackerel icefish in the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery and for Patagonian toothfish in the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery.
The committee also discussed the outcomes from the 33rd meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the exploratory fisheries expression of interests for 2015–16.