Management

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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Trawl management levies released19th April 2017

AFMA has just released their draft cost recovered levy proposal for 2017.  The latest levies will be recovered under a new cost recovery policy called the AFMA Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2017 (CRIS2017). AFMA propose to recover $2.8m from industry in 2017 which includes $62,000 from fee-for-service activities such as the cost of processing paper log books that are invoiced to indu...

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How do Victorians want their fish?14th March 2017

By Ross Winstanley* In a previous article I advocated for the interests of domestic seafood consumers to be considered alongside those of recreational, commercial and indigenous fishers when resource allocation decisions are made. I used the current Victorian Government's phase-out of commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay as an example of what's happening around Australia ...

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