Public consultation on the draft Commonwealth Fisheries Bycatch Policy

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is conducting a public consultation on the revised Commonwealth Fisheries Bycatch Policy. 

The revised policy provides a framework for managing fishing-related impacts to bycatch species in Commonwealth fisheries. It draws upon the outcomes of the Report on the review of the Commonwealth Policy on Fisheries Bycatch  of May 2013 and provides other relevant updates to ensure the Commonwealth’s approach to bycatch management continues to reflect international best practice.

Key revisions include:

  • improved guidance on species classification and policy coverage for all species
  • inclusion of a risk-based approach to monitoring, assessing and managing bycatch
  • consideration of cumulative impacts on bycatch species
  • inclusion of a performance monitoring and reporting framework.

The policy will also be supported by implementation guidelines which provide detailed practical guidance on the assessment and management of bycatch species across the diverse range of Commonwealth fisheries. The guidelines are expected to be finalised for release by the end of 2017.

Public consultation is now open and submissions must be lodged by 9 June 2017.

Read the draft Commonwealth Fisheries Bycatch Policy

Please read the revised Commonwealth Fisheries Bycatch Policy before making a submission to the department.

Key changes have been summarised in the ‘Summary of changes document also provided.




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Revised Commonwealth Fisheries Bycatch Policy

19PDF1.0 MB

Revised Commonwealth Fisheries Bycatch Policy

19Word776 KB
Summary of changes1PDF332 KB

Summary of changes

1Word24 KB

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Make a submission

To make a submission:

  • Read the draft Commonwealth Fisheries Bycatch Policy
  • Provide feedback via email Fisheries Policies

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