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This instrument repeals and remakes the Torres Strait Fisheries Management Instrument No. 8 to update the drafting style and species scientific names, and to remove restrictions on traditional fishing.
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Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 63AB, Legislation Act 2003 s 54(1)
Registered 25 Sep 2020
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Tabled HR06-Oct-2020
Tabled Senate06-Oct-2020

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Torres Strait Fisheries (Finfish) Management Instrument 2020

The Protected Zone Joint Authority makes this instrument under paragraph 35(1)(a) of the  Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984, in accordance with a decision of its members under section 40 of the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984

Dated               27 August 2020                      

 

 

 

Senator the Hon Jonathon Duniam

Member of the Protected Zone Joint Authority
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Forestry and Fisheries

for and on behalf of the Protected Zone Joint Authority

 

 

 

 

 

 


Contents

Part 1—Introduction                                                                                                    1

1  Name........................................................................................................................................ 1

2  Commencement........................................................................................................................ 1

3  Authority.................................................................................................................................. 1

4  Definitions................................................................................................................................ 1

5  Length of a fish........................................................................................................................ 3

6  Schedules................................................................................................................................. 4

7  Prohibition—general................................................................................................................ 4

8  Prohibition—barramundi.......................................................................................................... 4

9  Prohibition—finfish subject to minimum length requirements................................................. 4

10  Prohibition—finfish subject to minimum and maximum length requirements........................ 6

11  Prohibition—finfish subject to maximum length requirements............................................... 6

12  Prohibition—no take species.................................................................................................. 7

13  Prohibition—shark finning..................................................................................................... 7

14  Prohibition—gear restrictions................................................................................................. 7

15  Prohibition—permanent closures........................................................................................... 7

16 Prohibition—seasonal closure................................................................................................. 8

Schedule 1—Repeals                                                                                                     9

 

 

 

                                                                                                               

                                                                    


Part 1Introduction

1  Name

                   This instrument is the Torres Strait Fisheries (Finfish) Management Instrument 2020.

2  Commencement

(1)   Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this instrument

30 December 2020

30 December 2020

Note 1:       This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument. 

Note 2:       A prohibition contained in this instrument comes into force on the day on which the instrument is published under subsection 16(9) of the Act or on such later day as is specified in the instrument (see subsection 16(4) of the Act).

Note 3:       The requirements of subsection 16(9) of the Act have been met prior to the registration of this instrument. 

(2)   Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under section 16 of the Act.

Note:          The Authority may exercise the powers of the Minister under section 16 of the Act in respect of a Protected Zone Joint Authority fishery: see paragraph 35(1)(a) of the Act.

4  Definitions

Note:          A number of expressions used in this instrument are defined in section 3 of the Act, including the following:

(a)    community fishing;

(b)    fish;

(c)    traditional inhabitant;

(d)    traditional fishing.

                   In this instrument:

Act means the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984.

AEST means Australian Eastern Standard Time. 

bait net means a fishing net:

(a)    known as a cast net that is not more than 6 metres in diameter and having a mesh size no larger than 28 millimetres; or

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

barramundi means finfish of the species Lates calcarifer

finfish means fish of the superclass Pisces other than:

(a)    mackerel; and

(b)    tuna (Thunnus spp.); and

(c)    skipjack tuna (Katsuwomus pelamis); and

(d)    fish of the family Bramidae (known as pomfrets); and

(e)    fish of the families Istiophoridae and Xiphiidae (known as billfish). 

finfish fishery means the area of the finfish fishery prescribed in item 4 of the table in Schedule 2 to the Regulations.

finfish licensed person means a person who is a licensed person that is authorised to take, process or carry finfish in the finfish fishery. 

fishing apparatus means any combination of:

(a)    hand held fishing lines; and

(b)    fishing rods; and

(c)    mechanically operated fishing reels and lines. 

licensed person means a person who has been granted a licence under subsection 19(2) or 19(3) of the Act, or transferred such a licence under section 25 of the Act, that authorises the taking, processing or carrying of fish with the use of a boat. 

line fishing methods means fishing by hand using fishing apparatus where:

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

(b)    no more than 3 fishing apparatus are being used for fishing from the licensed person’s boat. 

mackerel means species of fish that are:

(a)    grey mackerel (Scomberomorus semifasciatus); and

(b)    school mackerel (Scomberomorus queenslandicus); and

(c)    shark mackerel (Grammatorcynus bicarinatus); and

(d)    Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorous commerson); and

(e)    spotted mackerel (Scomberomorus munroi).

mackerel fishery means the area of the Spanish mackerel fishery prescribed in item 7 of the table in Schedule 2 to the Regulations. 

mackerel licensed person means a person who is a licenced person that is authorised to take, process or carry mackerel in the mackerel fishery. 

mesh net includes a fishing net suspended vertically through a water column that is known as a gill net, mesh net or seine net that is neither fixed nor hauled, but does not include a fishing net that is hauled by the use of a boat for taking fish. 

mesh size means:

(a)    or a fishing net known as a knotted mesh net—the average distance, across 10 meshes at least 30 centimetres apart, between the inner edges of 2 diagonally opposite knots when the net is held taut; and

(b)    for a fishing net known as a knotless mesh net—the average distance, across 10 meshes at least 30 centimetres apart, between the inner edges of 2 diagonally opposite corners of a mesh when the net is held taut. 

PZJA Arrangement means the document titledArrangement between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland under section 31 of the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984” dated 17 March 1999 and published on the Federal Register of Legislation, as that document exists at the commencement of this instrument.

Note:          The PZJA Arrangement could in 2020 be viewed on the website of the Federal Register of Legislation (https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2008B00750).

Regulations means the Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985

seine net means a fishing net known as a beach net or a haul seine net. 

shark means fish of the Subclass Elasmobranchii, excluding:

(a)    electric rays (Order Torpediniformes); and

(b)    skates (Order Rajiformes); and

(c)    stingrays (Order Myliobatiformes). 

5  Length of a fish

(1)   For the purposes of this instrument, the length of a fish is taken to be the longest of the following measurements:

(a)    the point of the snout to the end of the tail fin; or

(b)    the point of the snout to the end of the caudal fin; or

(c)    the tip of the lower jaw to the end of the tail fin; or

(d)    the tip of the lower jaw to the end of the caudal fin. 

6  Schedules

                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.

7  Prohibition—general

(1)   The taking, processing or carrying of finfish, other than barramundi, by a person in the finfish fishery is prohibited. 

Note:               This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

(2)   A person is exempt from the prohibition in subsection (1) when:

(a)    the person is a finfish licensed person; or

(b)    the person is a mackerel licensed person who:

                                                                       (i)      has taken finfish to use as bait with the use of a bait net; and

                                                                     (ii)      does not possess on their boat any more than 20 kilograms of finfish in addition to any finfish taken as bait under subparagraph (i); or

(c)    the person is a licensed person who is not a finfish licensed person or a mackerel licensed person, and the person does not possess on their boat any more than 20 kilograms of finfish or mackerel.

8  Prohibition—barramundi

(1)   The taking, processing or carrying of barramundi by a person in the finfish fishery is prohibited. 

Note:          This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

(2)   Subject to section 16 of this instrument, a person is exempt from the prohibition in subsection (1) when:

(a)    the person is a finfish licensed person; and

(b)    the person is a traditional inhabitant conducting community fishing. 

Note:          Any barramundi that are taken by a person pursuant to this subsection must meet the minimum and maximum size limits outlined in section 10 of this instrument and be outside the seasonal closure outlined in section 16 of this instrument. 

9  Prohibition—finfish subject to minimum length requirements

                   The taking, processing or carrying of finfish specified in an item in column 1 of the table that is shorter in length than the minimum length specified in column 2 of the table by a person in the finfish fishery is prohibited. 

Note:          This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

 

Item

Column 1

Finfish

Column 2

Minimum length (centimetres)

1

Barramundi cod (Cromileptes altivelis)

45

2

Black kingfish (Rachycentron canadum)

75

3

Coral trout (Plectropomus spp.) other than ocean trout (Plectopomus laevis)

38

4

Dolphinfish (Coryphaena spp.)

45

5

Grass sweetlip (Lethrinus laticaudis)

30

6

Hussar (Lutjanus adetii)

25 

7

Teraglin jew (Atractoscion aequidens)

38 

8

Large-mouthed nannygai (Lutjanus malabaricus)

40 

9

Large-scale sea perch (Lutjanus johnii)

35 

10

Mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus)

35 

11

Moses perch (Lutjanus russellii)

25 

12

Mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus)

45 

13

Pearl perch (Glaucosoma scapulare)

35 

14

Purple tusk-fish (Choerodon cephalotes)

30 

15

Red emperor (Lutjanus sebae)

55 

16

Red throat emperor (Lethrinus miniatus)

38 

17

Rosy job-fish (Etelis spp. and Pristipomoides spp.)

38 

18

Silver jewfish (Nibea soldado)

45 

19

Silver teraglin (Otolithes ruber)

30 

20

Small-mouthed nannygai (Lutjanus erthropterus)

40 

21

Snapper (Pagrus auratus)

35 

22

Spangled emperor (Lethrinus nebulosus)

45 

23

Spotted or black jewfish (Protonibae diacanthus)

45 

24

Stripey (Lutjanus carponotatus)

25 

25

Venus tusk-fish (Choerodon venustus)

30 

26

Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri)

75 

27

Yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi)

50 

28

Bar-tailed flathead (Platycephalus indicus)

30 

29

Burnett salmon (Polydactylus macrochir)

40 

30

Cooktown salmon (Eleutheronema tetradactylum)

40 

31

Golden lined whiting (Sillago analis)

23 

32

Luderick (Girella tricuspidata)

23 

33

Pikey bream (Acanthopagrus pacificus)

23 

34

Sand flathead (Platycephalus endrachtensis)

30 

35

Sand whiting (Sillago ciliata)

23 

36

Sea mullet (Mugil cephalus)

30 

37

Small spotted grunter bream (Pomadasys agenteus)

30 

38

Spotted grunter bream (grunter) (Pomadasys kaakan)

30 

39

Tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix)

30 

40

Tarwhine (Rhabdosargus sarba)

23 

41

Yellow-finned bream (Acanthopagrus australis)

23 

10  Prohibition—finfish subject to minimum and maximum length requirements

                   The taking, processing or carrying of finfish specified in an item in column 1 of the table that is:

(a)    shorter in length than the minimum length specified in column 2 of the table; or

(b)    longer in length than the maximum length specified in column 3 of the table

                   by a person in the area of the finfish fishery is prohibited. 

Note:          This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

 

Item

Column 1

Finfish

Column 2

Minimum length (centimetres)

Column 3

Maximum length (centimetres)

1

Barramundi (Lates calcarifer)

58

120

2

Blue-spot trout (Plectropomus laevis)

50

80

3

Estuary cod (Epinephelus sp.)

35

120

4

Leopard or squaretail trout (Plectropomus areolatus)

38

62

5

Red bass (Lutjanus bohar)

45

55

11  Prohibition—finfish subject to maximum length requirements

                   The taking, processing or carrying of a shark that is longer than 200 centimetres in length in the finfish fishery is prohibited. 

Note 1:       This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

Note 2:       The prohibition in section 12 of this instrument also applies to hammerhead shark, grey nurse shark and tiger shark. 

12  Prohibition—no take species

                   The taking, processing or carrying of the following finfish by a person in the finfish fishery is prohibited:

(a)    potato cod (Epinephelus tukula); and

(b)    Queensland groper (Epinephelus lanceolatus); and

(c)    chinaman fish (Symphorus nematophorus); and

(d)    paddletail (Lutjanus gibbus); and

(e)    humphead Maori wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus); and

(f)     hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini); and

(g)    grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus); and

(h)    tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier). 

Note:          This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

13  Prohibition—shark finning

                   The processing of a shark by removing the fins from the shark and discarding the remainder of the shark into the sea by a person in the finfish fishery is prohibited. 

Note:          This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

14  Prohibition—gear restrictions

                   The taking, processing or carrying of finfish by a person in the finfish fishery is prohibited by a fishing method other than:

(a)    line fishing methods; or

(b)    a bait net. 

Note:          This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

15  Prohibition—permanent closures

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

Note:          This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

16 Prohibition—seasonal closure

                   The taking of barramundi by a person in the finfish fishery is prohibited during the period commencing at 12pm AEST on 1 November in any year and ending at 12pm AEST on 1 February in the following year. 

Note 1:       This prohibition does not apply to traditional inhabitants engaged in traditional fishing due to application of the PZJA Arrangement. 

Note 2:       This prohibition applies to a person even if the exemption outlined in subsection 8(2) of this instrument applies.


 

Schedule 1—Repeals

 

Torres Strait Fisheries Management Instrument No. 8

F2011L01837

1  The whole of the instrument

Repeal the instrument