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This instrument determines the manner in which the transfer weighing is to be carried out when an operator transfers Southern Bluefin Tuna from a tow cage to a farm.
Administered by: Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Registered 25 Nov 2021
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR29-Nov-2021
Tabled Senate29-Nov-2021
To be ceased 01 Dec 2022
Ceased by Self Ceasing

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Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery (Transfer Weighing) Determination 2022

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority makes the following determination in accordance with a decision made by the Commissioners under section 23 of the Fisheries Administration Act 1991

Dated            23 November 2021        

Wez Norris

Chief Executive Officer
for and on behalf of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority




1  Name

                   This instrument may be cited as the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery (Transfer Weighing) Determination 2022.

2  Commencement

                   This instrument commences on 1 December 2021.

3  Cessation

                   This instrument ceases on 1 December 2022. 

4  Authority

                   This instrument is made pursuant to paragraph 17(6)(aa) of the Fisheries Management Act 1991 under subsection 22B.2 of the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Plan 1995 (the Plan).

5  Definitions

                   A term used in this instrument that is defined for the purposes of the the Plan has the same meaning in this instrument as it has in that Plan.

Note:          Terms defined in the Fisheries Management Act 1991 have the same meaning in this instrument. 

6  Manner of carrying out transfer weighing

             (1)  For the purposes of subsection 22B.2 of the Plan, a transfer weighing of fish is to be carried out in the following manner:

                     (a)  at least 100 fish that weigh 10 kilograms or more must be taken from the tow cage and the average weight of those fish must be determined to 2 decimal places;

                     (b)  a video recording must be made of each transfer of the fish from the tow cage to the farm;

                     (c)  the video must depict a side view covering the opening between the tow cage and the farm in order that all southern bluefin tuna transferred will appear on the video recording;

                     (d)  once all the transfers from that tow cage are complete, a farm representative and AFMA or an Agent of AFMA must view the recordings and tally the number of fish transferred. 

             (2)  The weight of fish in the transfer weighing is determined by multiplying the average weight determined under paragraph 6(1)(a) by the number of fish in the tow cage as determined under paragraph 6(1)(d).