Queensland overhauls fisheries management working groups

By Melissa Coade

May 17, 2021

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Working groups tasked with implementing Queensland’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy are set to get new appointees with the two-year renewal cycle for members underway.

According to Mark Furner, state minister for agricultural industry development and fisheries, a selection panel considered over 120 nominations to join eight existing and three new working groups.

“The panel appointed 96 members who represent a range of stakeholders including commercial and recreational fishers, charter operators, seafood marketers and processors, scientists and conservationists,” Furner said.

“These groups provide important operational advice on the management of specific fisheries and an important communication and consultative forum between fishing stakeholders, Fisheries Queensland and the government.”


Three new working groups have been established: two tasked with reviewing Spanish mackerel fisheries on the Gulf of Carpentaria inshore and on the East Coast; and one to review vessel tracking for Fisheries Queensland.

Eight other fisheries management working groups will continue to provide operational advice under the new harvest strategies.

Furner added that the 11 working groups would be ‘integral for the delivery of world-class fisheries management in Queensland’ and thanked those who expressed interest in participating.


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