Scalefish Fishery Advisory Committee (SFAC)


What is the role of SFAC?

The main role of the SFAC is to provide the Minister with advice on significant issues related to the commercial scalefish fishery. Legislation provides 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 catch limits.

However, in practice, the role and work of the SFAC is much broader than this.

The SFAC is an essential part of the co-management framework for the management of the scalefish fishery and acts as a conduit between industry and the Department. The SFAC process provides the forum for industry members and the Department to raise matters of interest to the fishery that may not necessarily be of concern at the Ministerial level.

Some of the key issues that the SFAC plays an active role in are:
  • Advice on research needs and priorities;
  • Advice on the annual IMAS Fishery Assessment and stock monitoring;
  • Advice during formal reviews of the management plan;
  • Development of management responses to issues; and
  • Advice on allocation and resource sharing issues.
There is also an expectation that SFAC members will be available to and will engage with other industry and community members to communicate the issues of the fishery.

Information on the Terms of Reference for Fishery Advisory Committees.


There are generally four SFAC meetings each year, depending on the work schedule and current issues. Most meetings are held in Hobart and are held over a full day. From time to time regional meetings may be held to provide an opportunity for wider industry to meet committee members and get involved in the committee process.

The operation of the SFAC and the conduct of SFAC members during meetings is guided by the terms of reference for fishery advisory committees The terms of reference covers a range of issues including conflicts of interest, confidentiality, interactions with the media and standard procedural matters.

The SFAC aims to work co-operatively to achieve a consensus view rather than using a majority voting approach, however there may be occasions where this 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 for each meeting and all recommendations and action items are recorded. The Chair also provides the Minister with his/her own summary of the meeting proceedings. All of the Minister's decisions are communicated through the Department and back to SFAC members at the appropriate time. SFAC recommendations are considered confidential for 10 business days from being received by the Minister's office.

SFAC meetings are not generally open for casual observers, however, the FAC may hold an open session prior to a meeting or alternatively the Chair may invite people to attend a specific agenda item where appropriate.


The table below lists the current membership of the Scalefish Fishery Advisory Committee. The current committee was formed on 20 April 2016 and the positions are due to expire on 31 December 2017, however, on 2 September 2017 Minister Jeremy Rockliff extended the term of the current membership to 31 December 2019.

​Independent Chair
​Mr Max Kitchell
Scalefish Industry RepresentativeMr Dave Blake
Scalefish Industry RepresentativeMr David Cannon
Scalefish Industry RepresentativeMr Todd Francis
Scalefish Industry RepresentativeMr Craig Garland
Scalefish ProcessorMr Stephen Bartels
Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC)Mr Julian Harrington
Tasmanian Scalefish Fishermen's Association (TSFA)Mr Rob Milner
Tasmania Rock Lobster Fishermen's Association (TRLFA)
Mr John Sansom
Community and Conservation - Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT)Mr Jon Bryan
Tasmania Police (Marine and Rescue Division)Constable Ashley Kent
Research - Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS)Dr Jeremy Lyle
DPIPWE Fishery Manager Mr Grant Pullen
​DPIPWE Compliance & Licensing Manager
​Mr Malcolm Budd
Executive Officer (permanent observer)
Ms Frances Seaborn

Meeting Dates & Minutes

The next Scalefish Fishery Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled to be held by June 2019.


Meeting number 66, 13 November 2019

​Meeting number 65, 29 August 2018

  SFAC 65 MINUTES - 29 August 2018   (1Mb)

  SFAC 65 Appendix 1 - 2018 RAG Research Priorities   (28Kb)

  SFAC 65 Appendix 2 - Banded Morwong Fishery Summary   (45Kb)

  SFAC 65 Appendix 3 - Summary of legislation for firearms use in fisheries   (394Kb)

Meeting number 64, 13 April 2018

  SFAC 64 MINUTES - 13 April 2018   (1Mb)


Meeting number 63, 8 November 2017

  AGENDA SFAC 63 - 8 November 2017   (716Kb)

  SFAC 63 MINUTES - 8 November 2017   (956Kb)

  SFAC 63 Appendix 1 - Main points of Species Assessments   (92Kb)

Meeting number 62, 3 March 2017

  SFAC 62 Agenda   (242Kb)

  SFAC 62 MINUTES - 3 March 2017   (156Kb)

Information on meetings held prior to 2017 are available on request.

Contact SFAC

If you have a specific issue you would like the FAC to be aware of, please contact your industry association member or the SFAC Executive officer to arrange for your issue to be tabled for discussion. Please note that if you have an issue that you would like raised at an SFAC meeting you will need to provide details to the SFAC Executive Officer three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date. Industry members, you can contact TSIC​ if you require assistance drafting a paper for an SFAC meeting.

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