East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery consultation

About the consultation

We are seeking your feedback on proposed management measures to ensure sustainable management of the fishery.

In 2022, Fisheries Queensland held harvest strategy workshops in 2022 for the East Coast Otter Trawl fishery.

Workshop groups included industry, government and conservation members. They identified the fishery's key issues and proposed management actions to address the risks for each east coast otter trawl region.

The proposed management actions are:

  • Implement a 3-year annual average effort caps for the 2022-23 season for all regions as an interim measure until stock assessments are available in 2023.
  • Make changes to the effort unit usage calculation to address latent effort in the fishery for the southern offshore and southern inshore regions.
  • Make changes to existing closure periods and implementation of various ‘strip’ closures for the southern offshore regions.

This discussion paper includes proposed management actions to ensure sustainable management of the fishery in accordance with:

  • the fundamental principles of the Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy: 2017ꟷ2027 (the Strategy)
  • the main objectives of the Fisheries Act 1994
  • the Queensland Government’s responsibility to ensure our public fishery resources are managed in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Feedback on the proposed management strategies and amendments will be considered alongside environmental, economic and social considerations.

No decisions have been made. Decisions will only be made after consultation.

This survey closed at 5pm on 22 July 2022.

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