Mackerel Management Plan Amendments

​​​​​​​Draft Management Plan for the Mackerel Fishery 2018

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) is seeking your comments on the new draft mackerel fishery management plan — Fisheries (Mackerel) Rules 2018.​

  Consultation draft Fisheries (Mackerel) Rules 2018   (468Kb)​

  Background paper on draft Fisheries (Mackerel) Rules 2018   (642Kb)

​The Tasmanian Mackerel Fishery targets jack mackerel, redbait and blue mackerel under the provisions of the Fisheries (Mackerel) Rules 2009 (the mackerel rules).

The mackerel rules provide the authority for holders of a fishing licence (mackerel A) and a fishing licence (mackerel B) to take certain quantities of mackerel/small pelagic species in Tasmanian waters. Purse seining is the method of capture in State waters. No board trawling of any kind is permitted in any State waters.

These rules will expire on 31 March 2019 by which time a new set of rules is required to be in place. Remaking these rules entails the full process for making a new management plan under  section 44 of  Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995​ (the Act).

The process for remaking these rules is to consult with the recognised fishing bodies — the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC) and the Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing (TARFish) —​ before drafting the rules and undergoing a minimum 60 day public exhibition of the draft management plan. The Minister will then make a decision to accept and approve the final changes to the new rules.

While some rules are new, many will be rolled over with minimum change. A table detailing the rule numbers in the current mackerel rules and corresponding rule numbers in the draft Fisheries (Mackerel) Rules 2018 can be found in Appendix 1 of the Background paper.

As per the public notice​​, feedback on the new management plan [Fisheries (Mackerel) Rules 2018] is now sought from the public. Written submissions are to be received by DPIPWE by 5:00pm on Monday, 14 January 2019.

​Please note that all submissions will be published on the DPIPWE website and in the final report to the Minister. Indicate clearly in your submission if you wish your identity to remain confidential.​​

Written submissions can be made via email or by mail (details below).


Mackerel Review
Wild Fisheries Management Branch
GPO Box 44
Phone: 1300 368 550

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