Scallop Fishery Advisory Committee (ScFAC)

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What is the role of ScFAC?

Assortment of scallop shells.The main role of the Scallop Fishery Advisory Committee (ScFAC) is to provide the Minister with advice on all significant issues related to the commercial scallop 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 FAC is much broader than this.

The ScFAC is an essential part of the co-management framework for the management of the scallop fishery and acts as a conduit between industry and the Department. The ScFAC 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 FAC plays an active role in are:
  • Advice on research needs and priorities;
  • Advice on the IMAS Fishery Assessments and stock monitoring;
  • Advice during formal reviews of the management plan;
  • Development of management responses to issues; and
  • Advice on the setting of the Total Allowable Catch.
There is also an expectation that ScFAC members will be available to and will engage with other industry and community members to communicate the issues of the fishery.

Meetings

Generally one to two meetings are held each year, depending on the work schedule and season status. Most meetings are held in Campbell Town and are held over a full day. From time to time meetings may be held in other locations to provide an opportunity for wider industry to meet committee members and get involved in the committee process.

The operation of the ScFAC and the conduct of FAC 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 ScFAC 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 FAC members at the appropriate time.

ScFAC 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.

Membership

The table below lists the current membership of the Scallop Fishery Advisory Committee.

Position NameExpiry Date
Independent Chair  Ian Cartwright21 May 2023
Members
Tasmanian Scallop Fishermens Association Representatives

​John Hammond

Bob Lister

John Cull

​21 May 2023

​21 May 2023

21 May 2023

Tasmanian Scallop Industry Representatives Stuart Richey

Jonathan Hommond

Debbie Wisby
​21 May 2023

21 May 2023

21 May 2023

Scallop Processor Representative​Ken Smith
2​1 May 2023
Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council representative​Emma Woodcock
​21 May 2023
Community and conservation rep from  Tasmanian Conservation Trust ​Jon Bryan
2​1 May 2023
Scientific Research Rep (IMAS)Jayson Semmens
​21 May 2023
Tasmania Police (Marine and Rescue)Paul Murphy
​21 May 2023



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