PZJA Out of Session Decisions 9 September 2011

1.1 The PZJA AGREED to :

a)  Remove interim management arrangements for the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster fishery following announcement of the structural adjustment.

b)   Introduce temporary (sunset) fishing licences in the Tropical Rock Lobster fishery and two temporary (sunset) Processor-Carrier (TPC-C) licences.

1.2 The PZJA NOTED that a Communication Strategy will be provided to announce structural adjustment in the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster fishery. 

1.3 The PZJA AGREED to issue a number of Processor-Carrier (TPC-C) licences to the TSRA to be leased out on a yearly basis. Tender conditions agreed to by the Standing Committee, including those relating to towing of fishing dories and accommodating of crew, will apply to these licences.

1.4 The PZJA NOTED that as the buy-out in the lobster fishery has been agreed to, the PZJA will buy the licences offered for sale and the TSRA agree to negotiate with potential lessees to lease back to the Transferable Vessel Holder (TVH) sector for a period of up to ten years with a guarantee that lease conditions will not be restricted by additional conditions such as area closures, without the full agreement of the parties to the lease.

1.5 The PZJA NOTED that recommendations on leasing arrangements are based on the following key points:

a) Purchased non-Indigenous licences will be surrendered on the contract date or other date agreed to by the signing parties.

b) The interim management arrangements will be removed following the announcement of a structural adjustment package.