Public comment is now open on a draft policy and guidelines regarding the authorisation of transhipping activities in Commonwealth fisheries.
Submissions can be made via a webform on the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) website and will close at 5pm AEST 20 July 2018.
- Transhipping policy: Authorisation of transhipping activities in Commonwealth fisheries
- Transhipping guidelines: Guidelines for authorising transhipping activities in Commonwealth fisheries.
Transhipping is already authorised in the Commonwealth-managed Northern Prawn Fishery but requires explicit authorisation in others which has been granted at different times across Commonwealth fisheries.
The transhipping policy and guidelines documents have been developed to provide greater transparency and consistency in the decision making process, and provide more certainty for the fishing industry regarding the requirements that may apply if such an activity is authorised.
Decisions on Commonwealth fisheries management are made using the best available science and other evidence. The AFMA Commission will consider public submissions on transhipping when approving the policy and guideline documents.
For more information on transhipping visit the Transhipping FAQ page on the AFMA website.