Policy Initiatives and New Directions for Managing Fisheries in Queensland, Australia Public Deposited

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  • Responsibility for management of fisheries resources in waters off Queensland, Australia is vested largely in the Queensland Government, under the Offshore Constitutional Settlement agreed between the federal and state governments. These Queensland-managed fisheries include lucrative prawn fisheries and reef and coastal finfish fisheries off the east coast of Queensland and in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The key legislation is the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 plus subordinate legislation including the Fisheries Regulation 1995 and fisheries management plans administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. A review of the licensing and fees regime for commercial fishing operations has resulted in significant reforms which come into effect on 1 July 2006. Queensland’s licensing regime has been streamlined, fishery access rights have been made more secure, and various impediments to trading of fishing authorities and quota are being removed. Under the new system, fishery access fees are more equitable and better reflect the relative value of different fishing entitlements. Another policy initiative is a proposal for a limited compensation scheme. Under the proposed scheme, fishers would be eligible for compensation where amendments to management arrangements have been made to allocate resource access previously held by the commercial sector to a non-commercial sector, or to restrict commercial fishing entitlements in an area to protect marine life not covered under the Fisheries Act. Compensation would not be payable for amendments made for other reasons, such as the sustainability of the fishery. As part of a comprehensive review of the Fisheries Regulation 1995, the policy objectives of the existing provisions are also being reappraised to determine whether they are still relevant, and whether ‘black letter’ regulation or alternative non-legislative instruments would be the most appropriate approach to achieving the policy intent.
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  • Dinesen, Zena. 2006. Policy Initiatives and New Directions for Managing Fisheries in Queensland, Australia. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 11-14, 2006, Portsmouth, UK: Rebuilding Fisheries in an Uncertain Environment. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2006. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-3-1
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