Call for submissions to Australian fisheries management review

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 2nd October 2012

Mr David Borthwick AO PSM, who has been appointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to review the Commonwealth fisheries management system, has made a public call for written submissions.

Australia’s fisheries are said to be among the most sustainable and best managed in the world. In the years since the fisheries management system was first put in place, however, the needs and the expectations of the fishing industry and the broader Australian community have evolved. With this in mind, and conscious of the limitations of time and geography, Mr Borthwick is encouraging interested stakeholders to share their views on matters within the review’s terms of reference by written submission.

Input from the broad range of people with an interest in Australian fisheries is an essential part of the review and will be used to identify any improvements to the current system to ensure Australia remains a world leader in fisheries management into the future.

The submissions phase will run for four weeks, closing on 26 October 2012.  Full details on how to make a submission to the Commonwealth Fisheries Management Review can be found on the department’s website.  The review is expected to report and make recommendations to the minster before the end of the year.