Government correspondence

NSW and Federal government correspondence, submissions and issues updates

RFA of NSW Resource Framing Submission

Date Sent: 21st May 2020

Brief: The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is developing a Commonwealth fisheries resource sharing framework. The framework will outline how the federal government will negotiate the sharing of fisheries resources between commercial, Indigenous and recreational fishers; and between the federal government and states and territories. The Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW provided a submission on behalf of the states anglers.

Outcome: TBA – awaiting outcome of framework.


RFA of NSW Cultural Fishing Response

Date Sent: 2nd June 2020

Brief: The Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW wrote to the Minster seeking urgent answers on the recent approval of cultural net fishing on the NSW South Coast including recreational fishing havens. The RFA understands that there has been no local community consultation on a process and on behalf of the state’s anglers is seeking clarification on the continued erosion of the state’s Recreational Fishing Haven Process

Outcome: TBA – No response to date


RFA of NSW Southern Fish Trawl Response

Date Sent: 30th April 2020

Brief: The Transition of the Southern Fish Trawl from NSW to Commonwealth management still remains unresolved as far as we know. The Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW wrote to the Minister on behalf of the state’s anglers, especially those on the South Coast of NSW seeking updated advice.

Outcome: TBA – No response to date


RFA of NSW Trust Funded Data Security Response

Date Sent: 22nd March 2020

Brief: The Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW wrote to the Minister with regards to the integrity and independent oversight of research data and intellectual property generated or collected in projects funded by the New South Wales Recreational Fishing Trusts

Outcome: TBA – No response to date


RFA of NSW Mulloway Recovery Plan Response

Date Sent: 4th December 2019

Brief: The Recreational Fishing Alliance sent an email to the Minister as it is still concerned about the lack of action and information around the 2018 changes made to Mulloway under the auspices of the Mulloway Recovery Plan.

Outcome: Response received 28th Jan 2020

Response: The RFA is following up the following with NSW DPI

  1. The lack of updated information as these changes were supposed to be closely monitored by NSW DPI-Fisheries and the results shared with stakeholders on a regular basis.
  2. The RFA is also asking to see an actual copy of the NSW Mulloway Recovery Plan that should have measurable indicators that are used to gauge the success of the plan and a trigger point identifying when the State’s stocks or Regional area stocks have ‘recovered’.
  3. The RFA is also asking to see a comprehensive research plan to validate these changes and support the goals of the recovery plan to ensure that recreational anglers can be confident that the objectives of the changes are being monitored effectively.

Southern Fish Trawl Documents and Past Submissions: 

30th April 2020 letter to Minister

The RFA is still awaiting an update on this process in light of the shocking video posted online by a concerned commercial fisher.

29th July 2018 letter to the Minister

The RFA wrote a follow up letter to a recent meeting with the Minister where  the concerns of the Recreational Fishing Alliance of New South Wales (RFA) about the Public Consultation Paper “Transitioning the NSW Southern Fish Trawl Restricted Fishery to Commonwealth Management” recently released by NSW DPI and supported by AFMA were discussed.

11th April 2018 letter to Minister

The RFA believed the consultation process on this important issue has been woefully deficient and the Public Consultation Paper (PCP) is terminally flawed. Important stakeholders, including recreational fishers, have still been excluded from the consultation and there have been no genuine attempts at engagement with them on this important issue over the previous 12 months despite repeated calls for inclusion.

11th April 2018 letter to Minister

The RFA provided additional comments on the Cardo Risk Assessment for the transition of the NSW Southern Fish Trawl Restricted Fishery to Commonwealth Management. The RFA once again expressed disappointment at the way this whole process has been managed. The Risk Assessment  was made available online technically after the Consultation period closed

3rd May 2016 letter to Minister

The RFA believed that consultation to date has been inadequate and that key issues and management options have not been considered. Relevant stakeholders have been excluded from the negotiation process and asked for transparency.

Hawkesbury Bioregion Documents and Past Submissions:

8th May 2016 Submission Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Initiatives
The RFA submission.

12th April 2016 Letter to both MEMA Ministers

The RFA wrote top both Ministers  after a workshop hosted by MEMA and  recreational anglers and business holders had an opportunity to present the collective views to the Bioregional Team. The RFA undertook to invite the major fishing clubs in the bioregion, representatives from the tackle industry, spearfishing groups, state and national peak bodies and the charter fishing industry.

14th December 2017 Letter to Sarah Fairfull, DPI Director Aquatic

The RFA provided comment on the draft Marine Estate Management Strategy. The comments are based on points raised by the RFA of NSW and invited stakeholders during the meeting on 7th December 2017 at Parliament House in Sydney.

12th September 2018 RFA Submission to the Site Proposal Process.

The RFA challenged MEMA on a willingness to address the real threats to our marine biodiversity many will continue to use lockouts of recreational anglers as a way of justifying it is protecting the biodiversity of the bioregion when the real threats are overlooked. These threats were also be used to justify site selection

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