Marine aquarium fish and coral fisheries working group - Terms of reference
The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring fisheries resources are managed in a sustainable and responsible manner that recognises the interests of all Queenslanders. A key action of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy is to improved stakeholder engagement through fishery-specific working groups.
Queensland’s Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery (MAFF) and Queensland Coral Fishery (QCF) are hand collection harvest fisheries. MAFF operates in a defined area from Cape York to the Queensland – New South Wales border. QCF operates in a defined area from Cape York to the southern extent of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP). There are also two small areas south of the GBRMP open to harvesting under specific licences.
Licence holders harvest using handheld apparatus and permitted recreational fishing apparatus with the addition of non-mechanical implements such as a hammer and chisel to take coral. Collection whilst diving using scuba or surface-supplied air from hookah apparatus is also permitted.
Both fisheries are limited entry fisheries, with 59 QCF and 45 MAFF (A1 symbol only) licences endorsed. All licences holders are bound by compulsory catch reporting arrangements, however the QCF is managed by a TAC of 200t, split into individual quota, and MAFF is managed via species size limited, special management area, no-take species exclusions and seasonal closures. Additional limits are placed on licence holders via the number of boats and collectors operating under the licence at any one time for both QCF and MAFF.
Purpose of the Working Group
The Marine Aquarium Fish and Queensland Coral Fisheries Working Group will provide advice on the operational aspects of the management of aquarium fish and coral harvesting within the MAFF and QCF.
- To assist with the development of harvest fishing management options for the MAFF and QCF consistent with the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy.
- To assist with the development of a harvest strategy for harvest fishing within the MAFF and QCF by the end of 2018-19.
- To provide advice to Fisheries Queensland on operational issues and management of harvest fishing within the MAFF and QCF.
The role of working group members is to:
- Provide operational advice to Fisheries Queensland on particular fisheries and fishing methods.
- Assist with the development and implementation of harvest strategies.
- Consider information and provide advice on fishery performance (e.g. catch rates, fishing power).
- Provide advice on management actions or reforms needed to achieve the established management objectives for the fishery.
- Assist with identifying ways to best manage broader ecosystem impacts of fishing.
- Provide advice on emerging issues (e.g. compliance, data, legislation, research).
- Assist with disseminating factual information back to other stakeholders in the fishery.
The role of Fisheries Queensland will be to:
- Provide direction for working groups in the form of a Work Program (see below).
- Arrange meeting times and provide logistical support for meetings.
- Distribute meeting materials to support the effective operation of the working group.
- Provide information and data to support the work of the working group.
- Provide a point of communication between the working group and the Sustainable Fisheries Expert Panel.
Linkage with the Sustainable Fisheries Expert Panel (Expert Panel):
- The Expert Panel will provide advice to Fisheries Queensland on priorities to help set the work program for the Marine Aquarium Fish and Queensland Coral Fisheries Working Group.
- As working groups develop management options and harvest strategies, this work will be reviewed by the Expert Panel. Based on this review, the Expert Panel may seek clarification and/or recommend further work or changes be undertaken by the Working Group.
- The Expert Panel may seek other advice from the working group about the MAFF or QCF as requested.
The operation of the working group will consist of regular meetings both in person and by teleconference. Fisheries Queensland will prepare the agenda and supporting documents seven days ahead of each meeting and chair each meeting.
Within reason, out-of-session advice and review of documents may be required.
Obligations and responsibilities of members
Being a member has important obligations and responsibilities. In accepting the appointment, members must be prepared to:
- Contribute knowledge of and experience in Queensland’s fisheries.
- If requested, consult with stakeholder peers through port-level associations, regional associations, peak industry bodies and other avenues as necessary and ensure stakeholder views are considered in working group discussions
- Constructively participate in discussions to achieve acceptable outcomes.
- Respect the views expressed by other members.
- Act in the best interests of fishery as a whole, rather than as an advocate for any particular individual, organisation, interest group or regional interest.
- Avoid pursuing personal agendas or self-interest, and participate in discussion in an objective and impartial manner.
- Promptly advise of any conflict of interest issues that arise subsequent to appointment. Conflict of interest issues should be communicated as soon as they arise, by writing to the Chair.
Confidentiality and non-disclosure
Some information that is sensitive in nature is provided to working group members to enable them to provide the best advice to Fisheries Queensland on the specific fishery. Given this, members are also asked to:
- Observe confidentiality and exercise tact and discretion when dealing with sensitive issues. If a member is unsure or concerned about the disclosure to non-members, the member should seek advice from the Chair.
- At all times act honestly, exercise care and diligence in the discharge of their duties and not make improper use of working group information. Improper use would be where a member gains an advantage either directly or indirectly (financial or otherwise) over another person or causes detriment to the working group’s work or to another person.
- Not publish or communicate to any person, who they are not authorised to publish or communicate to, any information that comes to their knowledge or possession because they are a member of the working group.
Participation on the working groups will be on a voluntary basis. No sitting fees will be paid.
Meetings and travel costs
Members are eligible to be reimbursed for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses including domestic travel and accommodation costs.
Fisheries Queensland will appoint members. Membership will be refreshed every two years to allow for rotation of different representatives and development of new industry leaders.
The composition of the working group is outlined in the table below:
|Kimberly Foster||Fisheries Queensland (Chair)|
|Daniel Kimberley||Commercial Fisher|
|Darren Brighton||Commercial Fisher|
|Alan Cousland||Commercial Fisher|
|Nicholas Dos Santos||Commercial Fisher|
|Lyle Squire||Commercial Fisher|
|Alexander Doll||Commercial Fisher|
|Roslyn Paterson||Commercial Fisher|
|Robert Lowe||Commercial Fisher|
|Ryan Donnelly||Commercial Fisher|
|Randall Owens||Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority|
|Morgan Pratchett||James Cook University|
|Glenn Shiels - Observer||QBFP - Compliance|
|Joanne Wortmann - Observer||ASQ - Science|
|Danielle Stewart||Fishery Manager, Fisheries Queensland|