Abalone Fishery Advisory Committee

​​​The Abalone Fishery Advisory Committee (AbFAC) advises the Minister on issues related to the commercial abalone fishery.


There are usually four AbFAC meetings each year, depending on work schedule and issues. Most meetings are held in Hobart over one day. From time-to-time meetings may be held in other locations to provide an opportunity for wider industry to meet committee members and to get involved in the AbFAC process.

AbFAC meetings are not generally open for observers; however, an open session may be held prior to a meeting or the Chair may invite people to attend discussion of a specific agenda item.




​Independent Chair

Ian Cartwright


President, Tasmanian Abalone Council (TACL)

​Adrian Cuthbertson

Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC) representative

​Julian Harrington

Community and Conservation representative - Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT)

​Jon Bryan

IMAS Scientific Research representative

Craig Mundy

​Tasmania Marine Police

Snr Sgt William Grierson

TACL Chief Executive

Quota holder representativesDarvin Hansen
Sue Forward

Processor representative

​Diver representativesPaul Richardson
Bryan Denny


Minutes are taken at each meeting and all recommendations and action items are recorded. The Chair also provides the Minister with his or her own summary of the meeting's proceedings.


 AbFAC 101 Minutes (PDF 202Kb)​

 AbFAC 101 25 October 2021 Agenda

 AbFAC 100 31 August 2021 Meeting Minutes 

 AbFAC 100 31 August 2021 Agenda 

 AbFAC 99 20 August 2021 Meeting Minutes 

 AbFAC 99 20 August 2021 Agenda


 AbFAC 98 30 October 2020 Meeting Minutes

  AbFAC 98 30 October 2020 Agenda

  AbFAC 97 24 August 2020 Meeting Minutes  

  AbFAC 97 24 August 2020 Agenda

  AbFAC 96 7 July 2020 Meeting Minutes 

  AbFAC 96 7 July 2020 Agenda 

  AbFAC 95 Meeting Minutes

  AbFAC 95 22 May 2020 Agenda


Wild Fisheries Management Branch
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000
Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au