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This instrument establishes prohibitions on fishing for certain species in the Northern Prawn Fishery.
Administered by: Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Registered 18 Mar 2021
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Tabled HR22-Mar-2021
Tabled Senate11-May-2021
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Fisheries Management (Northern Prawn Fishery Limited-take and Prohibited-take Species) Direction 2021

I, Wez Norris, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, as delegate under delegation No. 2 of 2016 made on 14th November 2016 from the Commission, make the following direction.

Dated               16 March 2021                       

Wez Norris

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

 

 

 


Contents

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

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

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

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

5  Schedules................................................................................................................................. 3

6  To whom this applies............................................................................................................... 3

7  Prohibitions on taking bugs...................................................................................................... 3

8  Prohibition on fishing............................................................................................................... 3

9  Exemptions to the prohibition in Section 8............................................................................... 3

Schedule 1 – Limited-take species                                                                                5

Part 1 – the First Species                                                                                                                    5

Part 2 – the Second Species                                                                                                                5

Schedule 2 – Prohibited-take species                                                                           5

Schedule 3 – Repeals                                                                                                     7

Northern Prawn Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 172                                                                 7

 

 

 

 

 

                                                           

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Fisheries Management (Northern Prawn Fishery Limited-take and Prohibited-take Species) Direction 2021.

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

This instrument commences on the 14th day after it is registered.

 

Note:          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.

             (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 41A of the Act.

4  Definitions

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

(a)    boat

(b)    fish

(c)    fishing

(d)    holder

(e)    master

(f)    plan of management

(g)    processing

(h)    statutory fishing right

(i)     take.

A number of expressions used in this instrument are defined in the interpretation section of the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan 1995, including the following:

(a)    acting for

(b)    Northern Prawn Fishery

(c)    Northern Prawn Fishery area.

 

                   In this instrument:

Act means the Fisheries Management Act 1991;

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

bugs means fish of the species Thenus parindicus and Thenus australiensis;

carapace width means the width of the carapace when measured at its widest point;

egg-bearing female bugs includes bugs that have been scrubbed to remove any eggs and includes bugs that have had their eggs removed using chemicals;

equipment means equipment for fishing;

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

rock lobster means a whole lobster of the species Panulirus ornatus and/ or a lobster tail of that species;

scampi means fish of the families Aristeidae and Nephropidae; 

trip means the period between departing port and the unloading of a catch, or part of a catch, to a mothership or port or any other point where catch is unloaded;

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);

W means the whole weight of fish in kilograms;

GG means the gilled and gutted weight of fish in kilograms;

F means the fish fillet weight in kilograms; and

HG means the headed and gutted weight of fish in kilograms.

For the purposes of this Direction, the master of a boat is, at any time, presumed to have taken all of the fish present on the boat at that time and, in so doing, to have been acting on behalf of the holder of the statutory fishing rights in respect of which the boat is nominated.

For the purposes of this Direction, fish and/or bugs that are on board a boat are presumed to have been taken: during the current trip; or, if the boat is not on a trip, the most recent trip.

This Direction is to be read consistently with other Directions made under the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

 

 

5  Schedules

(1)   The instrument that is specified in Schedule 3 to this instrument is repealed as set out in the applicable items in that Schedule.

(2)   Schedules 1 and 2 to this instrument have effect according to their terms.

6  To whom this applies

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, when fishing in the Northern Prawn Fishery area.

7  Prohibitions on taking bugs

(1)   Fishing is not to be engaged in in the Northern Prawn Fishery for:

(a)      bugs with a carapace width less than 60 mm; or

(b)      egg-bearing female bugs.

8  Prohibition on fishing

(1)   Fishing is not to be engaged in in the Northern Prawn Fishery for:

(a)      the species named in Part 1 of Schedule 1 (the First Species) in excess of a combined catch of one kilogram per trip; or

(b)      the species named in Part 2 of Schedule 1 (the Second Species) in excess of a combined catch of 10 individual fish per trip; or

(c)      for mudcrabs in excess of a catch of 10 individuals per trip; or

(d)      for rock lobsters in excess of a catch of 6 individuals per trip; or

(e)      for species named in Schedule 2; or

(f)       for tuna or tuna-like species; or

(g)      for scampi in the period commencing on the day this instrument commences and ending at 22.30 hours UTC on 30 November 2021.

9  Exemptions to the prohibition in Section 8

(1)  The prohibition in subsection 8(1)(a) does not apply:   

(a)      if the trip ends during the period beginning on 1 March in a year and ending on 30 June in the same year during the period of application of the Direction; and

(b)      if no more than a cumulative total of 550 kilograms (whole weight) (the First Weight Limit) of the First Species are taken per trip; and

(c)      if the First Weight Limit or any part thereof has been processed, the whole weight equivalent of the processed First Weight Limit or part thereof is determined using the conversion factors:

                                                W = GG x 1.1

                                                W = F x 2.6

                                                W = HG x 1.4

(2)  The prohibition in subsection 8(1)(a) does not apply:

(a)      if the trip ends during any other period of the year outside of the period defined in subsection 9(1)(a) during the period of application of the Direction; and

(b)      if no more than a cumulative total of 50 kilograms (whole weight) (the Second Weight Limit) of the First Species are taken per trip; and

(c)      if the Second Weight Limit or any part thereof has been processed, the whole weight equivalent of the processed Second Weight Limit or part thereof is determined using the conversion factors:

                                                W = GG x 1.1

                                                W = F x 2.6

                        W = HG x 1.4

(3)  The prohibition in subsection (8)(1)(f) above does not apply if:

(a)      the only tuna and tuna-like species on board the vessel are longtail tuna (Thunnus tonggol); and

(b)      no more than 10 longtail tuna (Thunnus tonggol) are taken per trip.

(4) The prohibitions in subsection 8(1) 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.

 

 

 

 


 

Schedule 1 – Limited-take species

 

Part 1 – the First Species

Common name

Scientific name

Saddle Tailed Snapper

Lutjanus malabaricus

Red Snapper

Lutjanus erythropterus

Red Emperor

Lutjanus sebae

 

Part 2 – the Second Species

Common name

Scientific name

Broad-barred Spanish Mackerel

Scomberomorus semifasciatus

Coral trouts, Rock cods etc

Serranidae family

Gold Band Snapper

Pristipomoides multidens

Longtail Tuna

Thunnus tonggol

Narrow -barred Spanish Mackerel

Scomberomorus commerson

Emperors, sea breams

Lethrinidae family

 

Schedule 2 – Prohibited-take species

 

Common name

Scientific name

Barramundi

Lates calcarifer

Black jewfish

Protonidea diacanthus

Blue salmon

Eleutheronema tetradactylum

Coral

 

Jewel fish (Yellow Jew)

Nibea squammosa

Pearl shell

Pinctada spp

Queenfish

Scomberoides lysan;

Scomberoides commersonianus

Spotted grunter-bream

Pomadasys kaakan

Threadfin salmon

Polydactylus sheridani

Beche-de-mer

Class Holothuroidae

Trochus

Class Trochidae

Sharks, rays and skates

Subclass Elasmobranchii

 


 

Schedule 3 – Repeals

Northern Prawn Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 172

1  The whole of the instrument

Repeal the instrument