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No. 81 Notices & Notifications as made
This Notice replaces Fisheries Management Notice No. 60, dated 21/02/2002 to bring TED requirements closer in line with standards required for market access to the United States under section 609 of United States Public Law 101 – 162 which prohibits imports of prawns harvested in ways that are harmful to sea turtle species.
Administered by: Agriculture and Water Resources
Made 19 Dec 2006
Registered 22 Dec 2006
Tabled HR 06 Feb 2007
Tabled Senate 06 Feb 2007
Date of repeal 01 Mar 2017
Repealed by Torres Strait Fisheries Management Instrument No. 12

Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984

Fisheries Management Notice No. 81

TORRES STRAIT PRAWN FISHERY

REQUIREMENT FOR USE OF TURTLE EXCLUDER DEVICE

 

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 in accordance with the decisions made by the Authority, make the following Notice under section 16 of the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984.

 

Dated this   19       day    December      of  2006

 

 

 

ERIC ABETZ

Chairman

Protected Zone Joint Authority

 

____________Eric Abetz_______________

CITATION

1. This Notice may be cited as Torres Strait Fisheries Management Notice No. 81.

COMMENCEMENT

2. This Notice commences on 1 March 2007.

THIS NOTICE TO APPLY WITH OTHER NOTICES

3. This Notice applies in conjunction with any other notice in force in the area of the prawn fishery.

INTERPRETATION

4.1 In this Notice:

"prawns" means fish of the family Penaeidae spp;

"the Act" means the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984.


 

“Turtle Excluder Device” means a device fitted to a net, and modification made to a net, that allows turtles to escape immediately after being taken in the net, and which has:

(a) a rigid or semi rigid inclined barrier structure comprised of bars extending from the foot to the head of the net that is attached to the circumference of the net which must guide turtles towards an escape hole immediately forward of the grid. The minimum dimensions of this structure to be at least 80cm by 80cm. This structure is to be set within an angle range of 30 – 55 degrees in relation to the horizontal plane of water through the net;

(b) an escape hole which must be either

      (i) a double flap rectangular net opening where the cut immediately forward of the TED must allow a minimum opening of 61 cm when attached to the frame and the two forward cuts of the escape opening must not be less than 51 cm long from the points of the cut immediately forward of the TED frame. The resultant length of the leading edge of the escape opening cut must be no less than 142 cm stretched, or a double flap net triangular opening where the cut immediately forward of the TED frame must allow a minimum opening of 102 cm when attached to the frame with minimum forward cuts of 101 cm. The flaps must be composed of two equal size rectangular panels of mesh. Each panel must be a minimum of 147 cm wide and may overlap each other no more than 38 cm. The panels may only be sewn together along the leading edge of the cut. The trailing edge of each panel must not extend more than 61 cm past the posterior edge of the TED frame. Each panel may be sewn down the entire length of the outside edge of each panel, or;

      (ii) a single flap rectangular net opening where the cut immediately forward of the TED must allow a minimum opening of 61 cm when attached to the frame and the two forward cuts of the escape opening must not be less than 66 cm long from the points of the cut immediately forward of the TED frame. The resultant length of the leading edge of the escape opening cut must be no less than 181 cm stretched, or a single flap triangular net opening where the cut immediately forward of the TED must be a minimum of 102 cm with minimum forward cuts of 136 cm. The flap must be a minimum of 338cm by 132 cm piece of mesh. The 132 cm edge of the flap is attached to the leading edge of the escape opening cut. The flap may extend no more than 61 cm behind the posterior edge of the TED frame;

(c) a maximum bar spacing of 120mm between bars; and

(d) it is not permitted to attach any weights, chains or other devices on the escape flap which may prevent the flap from opening.

4.2       For the purposes of this Notice, all net measurements refer to the measurement from centre of opposing knots, when the mesh is pulled taut.

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

 

REVOCATION OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT NOTICE NO 60

 

5.         Fisheries Management Notice No 60 dated 21 February 2002 is revoked.

 

PROHIBITION

 

6.1       Pursuant to paragraph 16(1)(c) of the Act, the use or possession of otter trawl equipment in the area of the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery is prohibited unless each net that is used is fitted with a Turtle Excluder Device.

6.2       However, if a try-net is used, it does not need to be fitted with a Turtle Excluder Device.