28 September 2017

A one-time funding opportunity is available to help the Torres Strait fishing industry transition to the new mandatory fish receiver system (FRS) to be introduced on 1 December 2017.

Funded by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), fishing associations and groups in the Torres Strait may be eligible for up to $4 000 each to support their members to transition to the new mandatory system.

AFMA’s Torres Strait Manager, Selina Stoute, said the FRS will collect accurate and timely data on commercial catches, meaning catches can be monitored against catch limits, helping to ensure sustainability of fish stocks into the future.

“Moving to a mandatory fish receiver system is a positive shift for the Torres Strait fishing industry, and one which will be made easier by working together with industry and local communities,” Ms Stoute said.

Funds can be used by associations and organisations for a range of activities such as holding meetings to pass on information, purchasing equipment such as measuring scales, and training for members to make the transition to the mandatory system a smooth one.

“Ultimately, it will be up to the associations to develop plans which best suit their individual circumstances and the needs of local fishers” Ms Stoute said.

Funding application forms can be downloaded from the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) website at pzja.gov.au. Applications must be submitted to AFMA by 30 October 2017.

For more information on the FRS, this one-time funding opportunity or to register your interest in becoming a fish receiver please contact Geoff Diver at AFMA’s Thursday Island office on 07 4069 1990 or geoff.diver@afma.gov.au.

The Protected Zone Joint Authority is responsible for management of commercial and traditional fishing in the Australian area of the Torres Strait Protected Zone (TSPZ) and designated adjacent Torres Strait waters, and supports the introduction of the FRS.