The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking comments on an application to use pair trawling (where two boats are used to trawl a midwater net) in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) for an initial 12 month period.

The independent AFMA Commission will make the final decision on whether to allow pair trawling for an initial 12 month period in the Commonwealth SPF after a comprehensive consultation process. View the timetable for consultation.

The SPF Scientific Panel has considered the application and provided draft advice.

Download the pair trawling application.

Submissions close 31 January 2017.

*Submissions have closed.

Comments will be considered by the South East Management Advisory Committee (SEMAC) at its meeting 24 February 2017, before being provided to the AFMA Commission, and can be made through the feedback form below. Please provide, where possible, the scientific basis or evidence for your comment/s.

Feedback form
The Feedback form requests general information from the person providing the submission and requests comments/feedback against the relevant objectives of the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

Once complete submit the webform and your feedback will be reviewed.