10 February 2017
Mr Darren Kindleysides
Australian Marine Conservation Society
PO Box 5815
WEST END QLD 4101
Dear Mr Kindleysides
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is currently running a nationwide campaign seeking the rejection of the application for pair trawling in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF).
The independent Commission of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will make the decision regarding the application to pair trawl in the SPF, for a period of 12 months. Commonwealth fisheries management decisions are made utilising the best available science and other relevant information, including that provided during the public consultation process.
Australia’s fisheries are internationally recognised as among the best managed in the world.
I want to see the fishing industry remain strong and sustainable.
We have a strong legislative and policy framework, underpinned by world class scientific research. The Australian Government is committed to maintaining a balanced and
science-based approach to all decisions regarding access to Commonwealth fisheries.
All boats operating in Commonwealth fisheries, including the SPF, are subject to Australia’s strict fisheries laws. The harvesting of fish in the SPF is governed by a quota management regime (e.g. total allowable catch), which ensure fish stocks are sustainably harvested.
Pair trawling is not a new method of fishing in Australia and is currently permitted in a number of Commonwealth Fisheries. The process for determining quota limits will remain the same regardless of whether or not the pair trawling method is approved in the SPF.
Australia has a proud reputation as a supplier of safe, environmentally sustainable, high-quality seafood.
I assure you the Australian Government takes seriously its responsibility to both protect the environment and sustainably manage our Commonwealth fisheries for the benefit of all Australians.