Independent consultancy, MRAG Asia Pacific, were appointed to conduct a review to simplify and improve the management of Queensland's fisheries.
MRAG has extensive national and international fisheries experience. MRAG Asia Pacific is part of the MRAG group of companies, which has a well-known international reputation for marine resource management.
MRAG's review team includes a strong mix of Australian and internationally respected fisheries scientists and managers who have held senior fisheries positions in Australia, New Zealand, the Western Pacific and the United States. The review team includes:
- Professor Glenn Hurry
Exiting Executive Director of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission who has substantial domestic and international fisheries management experience and is well placed to lead the review. Professor Hurry is a Visiting Professor of Fisheries at the University of Wollongong and has previously been CEO of the Australian Fis
- Tom McClurg
Director of Toroa Strategy Limited who has extensive private and public sector experience in New Zealand fisheries including senior roles with the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission, New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ernst & Young, and Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd.
- Duncan Souter
CEO of MRAG Asia Pacific, former CEO of the Queensland Seafood Industry Association and previous advisor to Australian Government Fisheries Ministers.
- Dr Michael Sissenwine
Internationally respected fisheries scientist with extensive experience in the United States, Europe, Atlantic and eastern Pacific regions. Previous Chief Science Advisor for the US National Marine Fisheries Service and President of the Advisory Committee of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea.
The review team consulted with stakeholders and used their extensive national and international knowledge and experience to help examine what fisheries management approaches could apply to the unique circumstances surrounding Queensland fisheries.
The final recommendations aim to create a more modern and simplified fisheries management system, one which will cater for the needs of all fisheries stakeholders while at the same time ensuring ecological sustainability.