​Media Release

Minimising fishing impacts on Australian seabirds

5 May 2017

The Turnbull Government has today called for public comment on the draft National Plan of Action for minimising the incidental catch of seabirds in Australia's Commonwealth fisheries.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston said the National Plan of Action will ensure Australia met its international commitments for responsible fishing practices.

"I encourage interested stakeholders to have their say," Minister Ruston said.

"Australia is well-known for having some of the best managed fisheries in the world.

"This Plan will ensure our fisheries management draws upon the best available approaches to minimise fishing impacts on our seabirds.

"The Plan will ensure we have a nationally coordinated approach to identify and reduce the impacts of fishing on seabird populations.

"It provides clear direction for the collection of information about seabird interactions and improves consistency of reporting for commercial and recreational fishers.

"I encourage interested stakeholders to consider the draft plan and contribute their views to the consultation process."

The draft National Plan of Action meets our international commitments under the UN FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and complements the National Recovery Plan for threatened albatrosses and giant petrels.

It was developed in collaboration with the state and the territory governments, scientists, environmental non-governmental organisations and commercial and recreational fishers.

The draft National Plan of Action is open for public consultation until 9 June, 2017. For further information and to view the draft plan, visit agriculture.gov.au/fisheries/environment/bycatch/seabirds.​