5. Obligations and responsibilities of industry members

Being an Industry Member on an AFMA committee brings with it a number of important obligations and responsibilities. Specifically, in accepting their appointment to a committee, Industry Members must be prepared to:

  1. attempt to communicate views clearly and concisely and to negotiate to achieve acceptable outcomes and compromises where necessary
  2. act in the best interests of the fishery as a whole rather than as an advocate for any particular individual, organisation, interest group or regional interest
  3. avoid pursuing personal agendas or self-interest, but participate in discussion in an objective and impartial manner
  4. observe confidentiality and exercise tact and discretion when dealing with sensitive issues. If an Industry Member is concerned about the disclosure to non-Members (eg observers) of an issue that they consider may be sensitive, the Member should seek advice from the committee’s Chair
  5. at all times act honestly, exercise care and diligence in the discharge of their duties and not make improper use of inside information. Information is considered to be used improperly where, by using the information, a Member gains an advantage either directly or indirectly (financial or otherwise) over another person or causes detriment to the Authority or to another person
  6. not publish or communicate to any person, who they are not authorised to publish or communicate to, any fact or document which comes to their knowledge, or into their possession because they are a committee Member and which (because of its confidential nature) it is their duty not to disclose
  7. make the necessary commitment of time to ensure that they are fully aware of matters which are the subject of consideration at a meeting. This particularly relates to important issues and general concerns held by operators across the industry. It is recognised that a Member is not expected to be familiar with technical issues that they have little or no training in, such as stock assessment techniques. However, it is important for Members to be familiar with the implications resulting from the discussion of such issues
  8. make the necessary commitment of time to attend meetings when they are scheduled
  9. consult closely with industry peers through port-level associations, regional associations, peak industry bodies and other avenues as necessary.