Management

Victoria’s Commercial Fisheries of 186213th June 2019

By Ross Winstanley* In July 1862, Victoria's out-going Inspector of Fisheries and Oyster Beds, James Putwain, wrote a report of his observations of the colony's commercial fisheries to deputy premier Charles Duffy.  Irish-born Duffy was the Commissioner for Public Works, President of the Board of Land and Works, and Commissioner for Crown Lands and Survey, later to become Prem...

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Victorian Government’s plan fails13th June 2019

The peak industry body for commercial fishers in Victoria is Seafood Industry Victoria (SIV).  SIV is funded by a small compulsory fee on all Victorian fishing licences. The Victorian Government recently wrote to Victorian fishers asking if they wanted to continue paying this fee.  Victoria has shut down net fishing in Port Phillip Bay, has reduced the days that remaining operators can work (...

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Fishing industry providing shark samples for assessments16th April 2019

Four years ago, AFMA installed cameras on gillnet vessels targeting sharks in the south-east fishery to monitor dolphin and sea-lion interactions. However, a consequence of doing this was that human observers were removed from these vessels.  These observers collected data on interactions with dolphins and seals but also collected lengths and vertebrae, which are used to age sharks.  These ...

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What’s to become of Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes commercial fishery?15th August 2018

By Ross Winstanley* Not content with their exclusive fishing access to every Victorian estuary, recreational fishers are now pushing for the closure of commercial fishing in the Gippsland Lakes. From the 1960s through the 1980s, Victoria’s annual 800 tonne Gippsland Lakes commercial fishery produced 80% of Australia's black bream landings, averaging about 250 tonnes. Today, the Gippslan...

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