PZJA Out of Session Decisions 23 November 2010

On the 23 November 2010, the PZJA made the following out of session decision:

The PZJA AGREED that consistent with the TSPF management plan, harvest strategy and PZJA sustainability reference point, the maximum combined Total Allowable Effort in the Torres Strait prawn fishery should be set at 9,200 days for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons.

The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority AGREED:

(a) to the setting of levies for the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery for the 2011 fishing season at $2895.59 per licence and $21.19 per effort unit;

(b) to the proposed Fisheries Levy (Torres Strait Prawn Fishery) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. ), Explanatory Memorandum and Explanatory Statement, noting minor changes to these documents may be made during the clearance process with DAFF and ExCO; and

(c) to the Protected Zone Joint Authority Chair presenting the Explanatory Statement, along with the proposed Fisheries Levy (Torres Strait Prawn Fishery) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. ) to the Federal Executive Council at their 8 December 2010 or subsequent Executive Council meeting to ensure that licences can be granted for the 2011 fishing season, commencing on 1 March 2011.

The Protected Zone Joint Authority NOTED:

(a) the Torres Strait Prawn Management Advisory Committee considered the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery levies for the 2011 season at an out-of-session meeting on 3 November 2010;

(b) that these levy amounts have been set using both Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries (QPIF) budgets;

(c) that the per licence levy has decreased from $4,229.06 in 2010 to $2895.59 in 2011 ($1333.47 decrease) and the per unit levy has decreased from $27.23 in 2010 to $21.19 in 2009 ($6.04 decrease); and

(d) that for the 2010-11 financial year, the total levy to be collected from industry is $322,162 comprising a QPIF component of $163,387 and an AFMA component of $158,775. Of the total to be collected, QPIF will retain $163,387 to meet Queensland expenses and provide $158,775 to AFMA to meet AFMA expenses.