PZJA Out of Session Decisions 14 October 2013

Protected Zone Joint Authority Torres Strait Beche-de-mer Fishery

The PZJA AGREES to:

  1. Set a 15 tonne Total Allowable Catch (TAC) limit for Black Teatfish to be available for a maximum of one month commencing September 2013* in the Torres Strait Beche-de-mer Fishery
  2. Note that under section 22 of the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984, AFMA holds the delegation to issue a cease fishing notice when the TAC is reached
  3. Undertake a review of management arrangements including the timing of any future seasons after the 2013 fishing season, and seek recommendations regarding future Black Teatfish TACs
  4. Catch reporting for Black Teatfish in the Traditional Inhabitant (TIB) sector be established through a catch data record sheet.

*Note that the Black Teatfish Fishery did not open in September 2013, the fishery will open in 2014 with a date yet to be determined.