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NPF Direction No. 83 - Gear Trials

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NPFD No. 83 Directions/Other as made
Direction No. NPFD 83 allows for gear trials to be undertaken in the Northern Prawn Fishery to allow operators to test their fishing gear without special need to seek exemptions to the closure arrangements.
Administered by: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Registered 31 Mar 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR10-May-2005
Tabled Senate10-May-2005
Date of repeal 12 Jul 2005
Repealed by NPF Direction No. 89 - Gear Trials

 

 

FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ACT 1991

NORTHERN PRAWN FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN 1995

 

NPF DIRECTION No. 83

(revoking NPF Direction No. 76)

GEAR TRIALS

 

 

I, Richard McLoughlin, Managing Director of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, as delegate, make the following Direction under section 17(5A) of the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and section 25(1) of the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan 1995.

 

Dated        29        March 2005

 

 

Richard McLoughlin

 

 

Managing Director

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

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Citation

1.         This Direction may be cited as NPF Direction No. 83.

Commencement

2.         This Direction commences the day after it is registered

Application

3.         This Direction applies to a holder of statutory fishing rights in the Northern Prawn Fishery and to a person acting on behalf of the holder.

Period of Application

4.         This Direction applies for a period beginning on the date this Direction commences and ending on 31 July 2005.

Interpretation

5.1       In this Direction:

"boat"  means a boat that is nominated on statutory fishing rights for the Northern Prawn Fishery;

"fishing" means the commercial fishing activities that are referred to in section 14 of the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan 1995;

"equipment" means equipment for fishing;

"gear trial" means a test, or a series of short tests, of equipment on or towed by a boat and carried out under the following conditions:

(a)   the test is conducted in such a way as to avoid the capture of fish, primarily by keeping the cod end of nets fully open at all times; and

(b)   fish that are captured in the equipment during the test are returned to the sea as soon as practicable after it becomes apparent that the fish have been captured.

"UTC" means Coordinated Universal Time, the time scale based on the second (SI), maintained by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures.  For the purposes of this Direction UTC is equivalent to mean solar time at the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude), formerly expressed in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

5.2              A term used in this Direction that is defined for the purposes of the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan 1995 has the same meaning in this Direction as it has in that plan.

[Notes:   1. Terms defined in the Fisheries Management Act 1991 have the same meanings in this determination.

2. Terms defined in the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan 1995 include "Northern Prawn Fishery" and "Northern Prawn Fishery area". ]

5.3       The origin of geographical coordinates used in this Direction is the Australian Geodetic Datum 1966 (AGD66).

 

Prohibition on fishing other than gear trials

6.1       No fishing is to be engaged in the areas described in Divisions A, B and C of the Schedule, prior to 2200 UTC on 8 April, other than for the purposes of carrying out a gear trial in accordance with this Direction

6.2       A gear trial mentioned in subsection 6.1 may be carried out only during the period commencing at 2200 hours UTC on 26 March and ending at 2200 hours UTC on 6 April; and

 

Prohibition on gear trials and its application

7.1       A gear trial mentioned in section 6 is prohibited from being carried out unless notification of the intention to carry out a gear trial is made in accordance with this section.

7.2       That not less than 24 hours before commencing a gear trial in:

(a)     an area described in Divisions C of the Schedule - the person conducting the gear trial, or another person on the boat, must notify the Senior Sergeant, Fisheries Enforcement, Northern Territory Police in accordance with a method described in subsections 7.3 and 7.5; or

(b)     an area described in Division A or Division B of the Schedule - the person conducting the gear trial, or another person on the boat, must notify the District Manager at Cairns in accordance with a method described in subsections 7.4 and 7.5;

 

that the boat will be used to carry out the gear trial in the area.

7.3       A notice to the Senior Sergeant, Fisheries Enforcement, Northern Territory Police must be given either:

(a)     by mail to PO Box 39764, WINNELLIE NT 0820; or

(b)     by fax to (08) 8922 0810; or

(c)     by telephone to (08) 8922 0820; or (08) 89223344 (after hours); or 0407 794 736; or

(d)     in person.

7.4       A notice to the District Manager, Queensland Boating & Fisheries Patrol at Cairns must be given either:

(a)     by mail to PO Box 7453 CAIRNS QLD 4870; or

(b)     by fax to (07) 4035 1603; or

(c)     by telephone to (07) 40350700; or 0417 782217 or

in person.

7.5       An exemption approval from the Senior Sergeant – Marine Enforcement NT Police in Darwin or District Manager, Queensland Boating & Fisheries Patrol in Cairns must be notified to the person giving notice in writing and must be:

(a)     posted to an address; or

(b)     transmitted to a fax number;

nominated by the person giving the notice.

To whom do the prohibitions in sections 6 and 7 not apply?

8.         The prohibitions in sections 6 and 7 do not apply to a person if the person is fishing in accordance with another plan of management in force under the Act, or a law of a State or Territory that is in force in relation to the Northern Prawn Fishery area.

Revocation of Direction No. NPFD 74

9.         This Direction revokes NPF Direction No. 76 with effect from the date of this Direction

 


THE SCHEDULE

GEAR TRIAL AREAS

 

Division A - Karumba southern gear trial area

 

The area bounded by the line:

(a)        commencing at the point of Latitude 17°20' South, Longitude 140°35' East;

(b)       then running north along the meridian of Longitude 140°35' East to its intersection with the parallel of Latitude 17°15' South;

(c)        then east along that parallel to its intersection with the meridian of Longitude 140°45' East;

(d)       then south along that meridian to its intersection with the parallel of Latitude 17°20' South; and

(e)        then west along that parallel to the point of commencement.

 

 

Division B - Karumba northern gear trial area

 

The area bounded by the line:

(a)        commencing at the point of Latitude 16°35' South, Longitude 140°25' East;

(b)       running then north along the meridian of Longitude 140°25' East to its intersection with the parallel of Latitude 16°30' South;

(c)        then east along that parallel to its intersection with the meridian of Longitude 140°30' East;

(d)       then south along that meridian to its intersection with the parallel of Latitude 16°35' South;    and

(e)        then west along that parallel to the point of commencement.

 

 

Division C - Darwin gear trial area

 

The area bounded by the line:

(a)        commencing at the point of Latitude 12°20' South and Longitude 130°36' East,

(b)       then running north along that meridian of Longitude 130°36' East to its intersection with the parallel of Latitude 12°15' South;

(c)        then east along that parallel to its intersection with the meridian Longitude 130°41' East;

(d)       then south along that meridian to the intersection with the parallel of Latitude 12°20' South, and

(e)        then west along that parallel to the point of commencement.