​Media Release

Call for feedback on revised Commonwealth fisheries policies

5 May 2017

Two important fisheries policies that together provide a framework for managing Commonwealth fisheries have today been released for public consultation.​

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston said the revised Harvest Strategy Policy and Bycatch Policy are key management instruments for the Commonwealth's fisheries management regime.

"The revised policies draw upon contemporary knowledge to ensure the Commonwealth's approach to fisheries management continues to reflect international best practice," Minister Ruston said.

"Australia is renowned for having some of the world's best managed fisheries but we must keep these policies up to date so that our fisheries management maintains this reputation.

"The revised Harvest Strategy Policy details our science-based approach to setting total allowable catch levels in Commonwealth fisheries.

"This policy provides industry and the Australian community with confidence that the harvest of Commonwealth commercial fish stocks is economically optimal while being managed for long-term ecological sustainability.

"The revised Bycatch Policy seeks to minimise fishing-related impacts on bycatch species to reduce the risk to their long-term sustainability.

"The revised policies also renew the Commonwealth's commitment to transparency and public accountability in fisheries management with improved monitoring and reporting requirements.

"Together the revised policies will give commercial fishers certainty around how our fisheries will be managed."

The draft Commonwealth fisheries Harvest Strategy and Bycatch Policies are open for public consultation until 9 June, 2017. For more information visit agriculture.gov.au/fisheries/domestic/harvest_strategy_policy/pub-consult-draft-commonwealth-fisheries-harvest-strategy-policy.