What is the role of AbFAC?
The main role of the Abalone Fishery Advisory Committee (AbFAC) is to provide the Minister with recommendations on all significant issues related to the commercial abalone fishery. Legislation states that the Minister must consult with the relevant advisory committee prior to making a determination on key arrangements such size limits, seasonal closures, gear restrictions and total allowable catch. However, in practice, the role and work of the AbFAC is much broader than this.
The AbFAC is an essential part of the co-management framework for the management of the abalone fishery and acts as a conduit between industry, the Department, researchers, Tasmania Police, community representatives and so on. The AbFAC process provides a forum for stakeholders in the fishery to raise matters of interest.
Some of the key areas in which the FAC plays an active role are:
- recommendations on research needs and priorities;
- recommendations on the IMAS Fishery Assessments and stock monitoring;
- recommendations during formal reviews of the management plan;
- development of management responses to issues; and
- recommendations on the setting of the total allowable catch.
There is also an expectation that AbFAC members will be available to engage with other industry and community members to communicate issues regarding the fishery.
There are usually four AbFAC meetings each year, depending on work schedule and issues. Most meetings are held in Hobart and are held over one day. From time-to-time meetings may be held in other locations to provide an opportunity for wider industry to meet committee members and to get involved in the committee process.
The operation of the AbFAC and the conduct of AbFAC members during meetings is guided by the terms of reference for fishery advisory committees. The terms of reference covers a range of issues including conflict of interest, confidentiality, interactions with the media and standard procedural matters.
The AbFAC aims to work co-operatively to achieve an agreed position without using a majority voting approach; however, there may be occasions where agreement is not possible. In those circumstances, the Chair will seek all views of members and these will be forwarded to the Minister for consideration.
Minutes are taken at each meeting and all recommendations and action items are recorded. The Chair also provides the Minister with his/her own summary of the meeting's proceedings. All of the Minister's decisions are communicated through the Department back to AbFAC members.
AbFAC meetings are not generally open for observers; however, the AbFAC may hold an open session prior to a meeting or the Chair may invite people to attend discussion of a specific agenda item.
The table below lists the current membership of the Abalone Fishery Advisory Committee. The current committee is remade annually, linked with the Tasmanian Abalone Council's annual general meeting.
|Independent Chair ||Mr Ian Cartwright|
|President, Tasmanian Abalone Council (TAC)||Mr Joey McKibben|
|Vice President, TAC||Mr Darven Hansen|
|Chair, Divers Sub-Council||Mr Paul Richardson|
Chair, Quota Holders Sub-Council||Mr Alan Gray|
|Independent industry representative||Mr Allen Hansen|
|Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC) representative||Mr Julian Harrington|
|Community and conservation representative - from the Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT)||Mr Jon Bryan|
|Chair, Processors Sub-Council||Mr Steve Crocker|
|Scientific researcher representative (IMAS)||Dr Craig Mundy|
|Tasmania Police (Marine and Rescue)||Sgt John Pratt|
|DPIPWE Abalone Fishery Manager||
|DPIPWE Monitoring and Audit Manager||Mr Malcolm Budd|
|TAC Executive Officer||Mr Dean Lisson|
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Please note that meeting agendas and minutes will be added below as soon as they are finalised. This means that the agenda for a meeting will be added after completion of the meeting when other business is known. The minutes of the previous meeting will also be added at this time as they will have been accepted by the Committee.
AbFAC 82nd Meeting Minutes -10 October 2016 (002) (349Kb)
AbFAC 83 15 May 2017 Agenda (60Kb)
AbFAC 83rd Meeting Minutes -15 May 2017 Final (353Kb)
AbFAC 84 24 July 2017 Agenda (60Kb)