Management

Eastern Orange Roughy 2016 Survey and Biomass Report23rd February 2018

CSIRO have released the report on the biomass of orange roughy in the eastern zone.  Read the executive summary and download the full report below.   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Based on the 2016 acoustic surveys the biomass of spawning orange roughy on the grounds at 38 kHz and 120 kHz ranges from 24 000 (CV 0.12) to 29 600 (CV 0.22) tonnes for observation or process error a...

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What has happened to fisheries co-management in Victoria?23rd February 2018

By Ross Winstanley* Since 1995, Victoria has see-sawed between structured co-management and "fit-for-purpose" arrangements, depending on the government of the day.  Coalition governments have twice introduced broad-based statutory co-management councils while Labor governments have twice turned to less-structured arrangements. From the 1960s, Victoria was at the forefront o...

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Mandatory electronic logbooks in the South East Trawl Fishery22nd January 2018

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has announced that, as of 1 May 2018, all South East Trawl (SET) vessels that have fished more than 50 days in either the 2016 or 2017 fishing seasons will be required to use electronic logbooks (e-logs) to report on their fishing operations.  SETFIA members have resolved to support this move. Up until now operators have had the option of...

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The Future of Commercial Fishing in Port Phillip Bay23rd June 2017

By Ross Winstanley* The Victorian Government's proposed restrictions on commercial fishing in Port Phillip Bay from 2022 will leave the remaining fishermen hamstrung. At best, these restrictions reflect the Government's indifference to the future viability of commercial fishing in the Bay.  In my opinion, at worst, they reflect a subterfuge aimed at quietly eliminating all ...

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