In accordance with subsection 17(2) of the Fisheries Management Act 1991, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) gives public notice that it intends to determine amendments to the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Management Plan 2002 (the Management Plan). 

The proposed amendments to the Management Plan are aimed at reducing regulatory burden and improving the efficiency and flexibility of management to adapt to changing circumstances.  Specifically, the proposed amendments will:

  • Remove the requirement to use specified fishing methods in the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery;
  • Remove the requirement to meet specified requirements when amending the Total Allowable Catch that may be taken during a fishing season;
  • Remove reference to the fishing year, and redefine the fishing season; and
  • Reduce the notification period for Total Allowable Catch decisions from seven days to 48 hours. 

A copy of the draft amendments can be obtained from the AFMA website or alternatively by contacting (02) 6225 5555. 

Interested persons are invited to make comment to AFMA about the proposed amendments.  Comments must be received by AFMA before close of business on 5 August 2019.  Written comments can be sent to:

Scallop Fishery Manager
Box 7051
Canberra BC
Canberra  ACT  2610
, or

Email: info [at] afma.gov.au