10 May 2017

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has implemented new dolphin mitigation strategies in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) and the Gillnet Hook and Trap sector (GHAT) of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF). The strategies came into force on 10 May 2017.

  1. Small Pelagic Fishery Dolphin Mitigation Strategy (581KB)
  2. Gillnet Dolphin Mitigation Strategy (PDF 509KB)

The strategies have been developed following extensive consultation with fisheries stakeholders, marine mammal experts, and after a one month public comment period.

The SPF Dolphin Mitigation Strategy sets out the rules and consequences for interactions with dolphins in the SPF. It will apply to all trawling operations (including pair trawling) in the SPF. The SPF Dolphin Mitigation Strategy replaces the Small Pelagic Fishery (Closures) Direction No.1 2015.

Stage one of the Gillnet Dolphin Mitigation Strategy was implemented in 2014 and applied to the waters off the Coorong, South Australia. The new strategy (stage two) expands the revised Strategy across the whole gillnet sector.