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No. 78 Notices & Notifications as made
This Notice sets out prohibitions relating to the taking, processing and carrying of finfish (gear, size and area restrictions and take and carry limit).
Administered by: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Registered 26 Sep 2006
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR09-Oct-2006
Tabled Senate09-Oct-2006
Date of repeal 01 Oct 2016
Repealed by Sunsetting

Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984

 

Fisheries Management Notice No. 78

 

 

TORRES STRAIT FINFISH FISHERY

 

PROHIBITIONS RELATING TO THE TAKING, PROCESSING AND CARRYING OF FINFISH

(GEAR, SIZE AND AREA RESTRICTIONS AND

TAKE AND CARRY LIMIT)

 

 

The Protected Zone Joint Authority, acting in accordance with the powers conferred on the Authority by paragraph 35(1)(a) of the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984, and the Minister in accordance with the powers under section 16 of the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984, makes the following notice.

 

 

 

Dated this …22nd day of ……September . 2006

 

Eric Abetz

 

 

ERIC ABETZ

 

Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation and member and Chair of the

Protected Zone Joint Authority.

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CITATION

 

1.      This Notice may be cited as Torres Strait Fisheries Management Notice No. 78.

 

COMMENCEMENT

 

2.      This Notice commences on the day after registration.

 

THIS NOTICE TO APPLY WITH OTHER NOTICES

 

3.      This Notice applies in conjunction with any other Notice in force in the area of the Torres Strait Finfish Fishery.

 

 

REVOCATION OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT NOTICE NO 75.

 

4.      Fisheries Management Notice No. 75, dated 28 November 2005, is revoked.

 

INTERPRETATION

 

5.1    In this Notice, unless the contrary intention appears “the Act” means the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984.

 

5.2    Terms used but not defined in this Notice have the same meaning as in the Act and the Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations.

 

5.3    In this Notice, unless the contrary intention appears:

 

“finfish” means all fish of the Superclass Pisces other than:

(i)         mackerels (Scomberomorus spp.);

(ii)        Shark mackerel (Grammatorcynus bicarinatus);

(iii)       tunas (Thunnus spp.);

(iv)       skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis);

(v)        fish of the Family Bramidae (pomfrets); and

(vi)       fish of the Families Istiophoridae and Xiphiidae (billfish).

 

“bait net” means:

(i)         a cast net not more than 6 metres in diameter and having a mesh size of not more than 28 millimetres; or

(ii)        a mesh or seine net not more than 400 metres in length and having a mesh size of at least 12 millimetres but not more than 45 millimetres.

 

“fishing apparatus” means hand held fishing lines or fishing rods or mechanically operated reels and lines.

 

“line fishing methods” means fishing by use of hand held fishing lines or fishing rods or mechanically operated reels and lines where:

(i)         each fishing line has no more than 6 hooks attached to it; and

(ii)        at any one time no more than 3 fishing apparatus are being used for fishing from the boat in respect of which a licence holder has been granted a licence;

 

“mesh net” means a net used as a gill net, mesh net, ring net or a net that is not fixed or hauled.

 

“mesh size” means:

(i)            for a knotted mesh net, the average distance when the net is taut between the inner edges of 2 diagonally opposite knots; and

(ii)           for a knotless mesh net, the average distance when the net is taut between the inner edges of 2 diagonally opposite corners;

where the distance is determined by averaging the size of each of 10 meshes at least 30 centimetres from each other.

 

“seine net” means a beach or haul seine net, with or without a pocket, shot in a way to partly encircle fish.

 

PROHIBITION (GENERAL)

 

6.      Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(a) of the Act, the taking, processing or carrying of finfish, other than barramundi, is prohibited.

 

PROHIBITION (BARRAMUNDI)

 

7.                  Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(a) of the Act, the taking, processing or carrying of barramundi in the area of the finfish fishery is prohibited.

 

EXEMPTIONS FROM PROHIBITIONS

 

8.      Pursuant to paragraph 16(1A)(d) of the Act:

(a)     a person holding a licence granted under subsections 19(2) or 19(3) of the Act, that is not a community fishing licence, that entitles that person to take, process or carry finfish is exempt from the prohibition in paragraph 6; or

(b)     a person holding a community fishing licence granted under subsections 19(2) or 19 (3) of the Act that entitles that person to take, process or carry finfish is exempt from the prohibitions in paragraph 6 and 7; or

(c)     a person that holds a licence granted under either subsection 19(2) or 19(3) of the Act that entitles that person to take, process or carry mackerel, takes or carries at any one time, is exempt from the prohibition in paragraph 6 to take not more than 20 kilograms of finfish in any form; or

(d)     a person holding a licence granted under subsection 19(2) or 19 (3) of the Act, other than a licence of a kind referred to in paragraphs (a) or (b), is exempt from the prohibition in paragraph 6 to take or carry at any one time:

          (i)      not more than 20 kilograms of finfish in any form; or

          (ii)     where a quantity of mackerel is also being carried, the combined weight of mackerel and finfish are not more than 20 kilograms; or

(e)     a person holding a licence granted under subsection 19(2) of the Act that entitles the person to take Spanish mackerel is exempt from the prohibition in paragraph 6 to use a bait net to take bait for their own use; or

(f)      a person engaged in traditional fishing is exempt from the prohibitions in paragraphs 6 and 7.

 

 

 

SIZE LIMITS

 

9.1       Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(b) of the Act, it is prohibited in the area of the finfish fishery, except in the course of traditional fishing, to take, process or carry finfish:

(a)   of the kind referred to in Schedule 1, that when measured in accordance with Paragraph 9.2, are less than the minimum lengths specified in Schedule 1; or

(b)   of the kind referred to in Schedule 2, that when measured in accordance with Paragraph 9.2, are less than the minimum lengths or greater than the maximum lengths specified in Schedule 2;or

(c)   of the kind referred to in Schedule 3, that when measured in accordance with Paragraph 9.2, are greater than the maximum length specified in Schedule 3.

 

9.2       For the purposes of paragraph 9.1, the length of a finfish shall be measured from the point of the snout (or tip of the lower jaw, if that tip protrudes beyond the snout), to the extremity of the tail or caudal fin, whichever is longer.

 

NO TAKE SPECIES

 

10.       Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(b) of the Act, it is prohibited in the area of the finfish fishery, except in the course of traditional fishing, to take, process or carry finfish of the kind referred to in Schedule 4.

 

RETENTION OF LIVE FINFISH

 

11.    Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(a) of the Act, it is prohibited in the area of the finfish fishery, except in the course of traditional fishing, to retain, store or carry live finfish on a boat.

 

SHARK FINNING

 

12.     Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(a) of the Act, it is prohibited in the area of the finfish fishery to remove the fins from a shark and discard the torso into the sea.

 

GEAR RESTRICTIONS

 

13.       Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(c) of the Act, a person is prohibited in the area of the finfish fishery to take finfish, except in the course of traditional fishing, by a method other than:

(a)        by line fishing methods, where a person holds a licence granted under subsections 19(2) of the Act that entitles that person to take finfish by line fishing methods; or

(b)        by the use of a bait net.

 

 

PERMANENT CLOSURES

 

14.       Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(a) of the Act, the taking of finfish, except in the course of traditional fishing, is prohibited by line fishing methods in that part of the finfish fishery west of Longitude 142°31'49".

 

SEASONAL CLOSURE - BARRAMUNDI

 

15.       Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(a) of the Act the taking of barramundi, except in the course of traditional fishing, is prohibited in the area of the finfish fishery during the period commencing 1200 hours on 1 November in a year and ending 1200 hours on 1 February the following year.

 

 


SCHEDULE 1

 

 

FINFISH

MINIMUM LENGTH IN MILLIMETRES

barramundi cod (Cromileptes altivells)

450 

black king-fish (Rachycentron canadus)

750 

black-spot tusk-fish (Choerodon schoenleinii)

300 

coral trout (Plectropomus spp.) other than blue-spot trout (see Schedule 2)

380 

dolphin-fish (Coryphaena spp.)

450 

grass sweetlip (Lethrinus fletus)

300 

hussar (Lutjanus amabilis)

250 

teraglin jew (Atractoscion aequidens)

380 

large-mouthed nannygai (Lutjanus malabaricus)

400 

large-scale sea perch (Lutjanus johni)

350  

mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus)

350 

moses perch (Lutjanus russelli)

250 

mulloway (Argyrosomus hololepidotus)

450 

pearl perch (Glaucosoma scapulare)

350 

purple tusk-fish (Choerodon cephalotes)

300 

red emperor (Lutjanus sebae)

550 

red throat emperor (Lethrinus miniatus)

380 

rosy job-fish (Etelis and Pristipomoides spp.)

380 

silver jewfish (Nibea soldado)

450 

silver teraglin (Otolithes ruber)

300 

small-mouthed nannygai (Lutjanus erthropterus)

400 

snapper (Pagrus auratus)

350 

Spangled emperor (Lethrinus nebulosus)

450 

spotted or black jewfish (Protonibae diacanthus)

450 

stripey (Lutjanus carponotatus)

250 

venus tusk-fish (Choerodon venustus)

300 

wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri)

750 

yellowtail king-fish (Seriola lalandi)

500 

bar-tailed flathead (Platycephalus indicus)

300 

 

burnett salmon (Polydactylus sheridani)

400 

 

Cooktown salmon (Eleutheronema tetradactylum)

400 

 

golden lined whiting (Sillago analis)

230 

 

luderick (Girella tricuspidata)

230 

 

pikey bream (Acanthopagrus berda)

230 

 

sand flathead (Platycephalus arenarius)

300 

 

sand whiting (Sillago ciliata)

230 

 

sea mullet (Mugil cephalus)

300 

 

small spotted grunter bream (Pomadasys agenteus)

300 

 

spotted grunter bream (grunter) (Pomadasys kaakan)

300 

 

tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix)

300 

 

tarwhine (Rhabdossargus sarba)

230 

 

yellow-finned bream (Acanthopagrus australis)

230 

 

 

 

 

 


SCHEDULE 2

 

 

FINFISH

MINIMUM LENGTH

IN MILLIMETRES

MAXIMUM LENGTH

IN MILLIMETRES

barramundi (Lates calcarifer)

580

1200

blue-spot trout (Plectromus laevis)

500

800

estuary cod (Epinephelus sp.)

350

1200

red bass (Lutjanus bohar)

450

550

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE 3

 

 

FINFISH

MAXIMUM LENGTH

IN CENTIMETRES

shark of the subclass Elasmobranchii but excluding electric rays (Torpediniforms), skates (Rajiformes), and stingrays (Myliobatiforms).  Also excluded are hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini), grey nurse sharks (Carcharias taurus) and tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) - see Schedule 4.

200

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE 4

 

 

NO TAKE SPECIES

potato cod (Epinephelus tukula)

Queensland groper (Epinephelus lanceolatus)

chinaman fish (Symphorus nematophorus)

paddletail (Lutjanus gibbus)

humphead Maori wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini)

grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus)

tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)