​Media Release

Negotiations recommence on Small Pelagic Fishery

27 November 2015

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, has congratulated the commercial and recreational fishing sectors for recommencing negotiations on fishing operations in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF).

In welcoming the news, Minister Ruston said that she was pleased both parties were acknowledging that fish stocks are a shared resource and that she looked forward to meeting with them next week.

"The fishing industry—both commercial and recreational—is a valuable part of our nation's economy and lifestyle," Minister Ruston said.

"Both sectors support numerous jobs, and are the livelihood for many Australians, particularly in regional communities.

"I thank the Small Pelagic Fishery Industry Association (SPFIA) and key recreational fishing representatives for re-commencing discussions on a possible agreement about how access can best be shared for mutual benefits.

"It is important that our nation's fisheries remain healthy and sustainable for current and future generations to enjoy, be it through a meal of seafood, or dropping a line.

"Recognising the importance of recreational fishing, real efforts have been made in recent years to consult and engage with recreational fishers as part of the decision making process.

"The Australian Government will continue to further strengthen the Commonwealth's relationship with both commercial and recreational fishers.

"I look forward to a successful negotiation when both parties meet next week."​​