The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and AFMA are jointly proposing to transition the NSW managed Southern Fish Trawl Fishery (SFTF) into the Commonwealth managed Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) by 1 May 2019.

Should the proposal be agreed an Offshore Constitutional Settlement (OCS) arrangement, an agreement between NSW and the Commonwealth, will be implemented to enable AFMA to manage fish trawling in NSW coastal waters (inside of 3 nautical miles) south of Barrenjoey Head (near Sydney).

The proposed transition will ensure that important fish stocks such as tiger flathead and eastern school whiting—caught by trawling in both Commonwealth and State waters—are managed by one jurisdiction, which will enable more efficient and effective management of the resource on behalf of the Australian community. 

For further information visit the NSW Department of Primary Industry website.