The Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) advises the Minister on recreational sea fishing matters including fishery rule reviews and policy.
The work program for RecFAC for the next few years includes providing input into:
- Developing harvest strategies for abalone, rock lobster, calamari and flathead.
- Total allowable catch and season date decisions.
- Implementing the actions in the Tasmanian Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy.
- The flathead for the future program.
- Management of emerging species - King George whiting, snapper, yellowtail kingfish.
- Resource sharing and area management.
- Research and stock monitoring.
- Improving stewardship and community engagement.
MeetingsThere are around six meetings each year depending on current issues. Meetings are held around the state, usually over a full day, although shorter
video conferences are also held. Sub-committees will progress some topics rather than all members attending every meeting. Preferred meeting times (including out of normal business hours) and locations will be discussed by the Chair and members at their initial meeting.
The RecFAC membership composition balances a range of expertise and knowledge of fisheries, regions and gender representation while maintaining a strategic and constructive Committee.
Most members are from the recreational fishing community, plus a one each from NRE Tas, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing (TARFish), General Community and Conservation and Tasmania Marine Police.
Recreational representatives are fishers or community members who can provide strategic input into recreational fishing management, research and education planning. An informal background training session on fisheries management basics is provided to appointees.
|Independent Chair||Max Kitchell|
|IMAS Fisheries Research representative||Sean Tracey|
|Tasmania Marine Police representative ||Snr Constable Eileen Langford/ Constable Ben Cunningham |
|Recreational Fishing Peak Body TARFish representative
|TARFish representatives||Mike Stevens|
|Recreational Fisheries representatives ||Stephen Scott, Andrew Hart, Brody Corbett, David Hawley, Jo McBain, Tony Eldridge, Jane Johnston, Kevin Bennett, Anna Minchin, Kimbili Johnson, Richard Sherriff|
|Community and Conservation|
|NRE Tas Fishery Manager (non-voting)||Rod Pearn|
Meeting summaries, action items and recommendations and are recorded for each meeting. The Chair provides a report to the Minister summarising the key discussion points and outcomes of the meeting.
If you have an issue you would like the FAC to be aware of, please contact the RecFAC Executive Officer. To progress the issue, background information may be needed at least three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.