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PZJA to discuss Torres Strait fisheries.

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Last updated: 4 July 2005

PZJA to discuss Torres Strait fisheries

DAFF05/124M 4 July 2005

The future of the Torres Strait fisheries will be discussed at a two-day meeting of the Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) starting tomorrow (Tuesday July 5).

The meeting starts with a stakeholder forum tomorrow, which will provide an opportunity for members, officials and stakeholders to tackle the big issues - including resource allocation, quota management in the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster (TRL) Fishery, and improvements to the management of the Finfish Fishery.

The Authority with then meet on the next day (Wednesday) to further consider the issues.

Australian Fisheries and Conservation Minister, and PZJA Chairman, Senator Ian Macdonald, said he was encouraged by the high response rate to the stakeholder consultation paper on resource allocation that was released in June. It explores options to resolve resource allocation between Islanders and non-Islanders in the TRL and Finfish Fisheries.

"These responses represent a significant contribution in resolving the most important issue in Torres Strait fisheries," Senator Macdonald said.

"People have been keen to have their say and that's really important.

"The authority is going to have to make some tough decisions, and it gives me confidence that the response indicates that all parties are well informed and have had time to put their views forward."

Senator Macdonald said it was crucial to introduce as many elements of a quota management system in the TRL Fishery as soon as possible.

"This will provide a solid foundation for the sustainable management of this fishery for generations to come," he said.

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald’s office: David Crisafulli (07) 4771 3066 or 0400 144 483

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