Government correspondence

NSW and Federal government correspondence, submissions and issues updates

RFA to Minister Adam Marshall and other NSW Ministers

Date sent: 18 October 2020

The RFA has written to Minister Adam Marshall, and to Ministers Melinda Pavey, Damien Tudehope and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet expressing concerns that problems with irrigation pumps killing fish in NSW waterways just show a complete failure of multiple existing legislations which supposedly protect fish. The RFA also queries whether recreational fishers’ licence money should be spent fixing a problem that recreational fishers didn’t cause. Minutes of the Recreational Fishing Trusts show that the Trusts recently approved the expenditure of $148,000 of rec fishing licence money to convene “a stakeholder forum to provide an opportunity for knowledge and ideas exchange between local irrigation districts, water managers, the broader scientifice and engineering communities and other regional stakeholder communities, including recreational fishers.”

Outcome: Letter received from Minister Adam Marshall
Follow up letter from RFA to Minister Marshall

RFA of NSW to Premier of NSW

Date sent: 4 October 2020

An open letter signed by a number of recreational fishing organisations asking for action on delayed outcomes and approvals of funding applications to the Recreational Fishing Trusts.

Outcome: Letter received from Premier referring matter to Minister Marshall responsible for fisheries.

Outcome: A letter was received from Minister Adam Marshall stating that meeting summaries have now been published on the DPI website.

RFA of NSW to Minister Adam Marshall

Date sent: 18 Sep 2020

The RFA supported Stage Two Funding of the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy 2018-2028

RFA of NSW to Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Date sent: 24 Sep 2020

The RFA supported an application for weir removal and other freshwater habitat improvements that would restore native fish passage and recreational fishing access.

RFA of NSW to Ministers Adam Marshall and Matt Kean re Marine Estate Management Review

Brief: The RFA raised its concerns with both Ministers regarding the limited public consultation with regard to the Review of the Marine Estate Management Act 2014. Recently we became aware that an email was sent to the Marine Park Advisory Committees without seeking engagement with the wider community. That email was forwarded by recreational fishing stakeholders to the RFA for advice and possible assistance. The limited and very narrow parameters around who will participate and the restricted timeline are unusual for such an important process. The RFA requested a halt to the process and a public consultation phase to allow ample time and sufficient background information for public input, to remove any doubt that the process is privileged and controlled by MEMA and NSW DPI.

Date Sent: 12 August 2020

Outcome: Letter received from Minister Marshall asserting that consultation was adequate and “a targeted approach”.

RFA of NSW to Minister Adam Marshall re Kingfish Stock Assessment

Date Sent: 12 August 2020

Brief: The RFA submitted to the Minister that the limited public consultation and available information with regard to Stock Assessment of Kingfish in NSW is deeply flawed and called for an alternative public process that involves a proper expert panel, involving clearly identified “experts” in the stock assessment process, and defined objectives and processes.

Outcome: TBA – awaiting outcome

RFA of NSW to Minister Matthias Cormann supporting proposal for a Reef Builder Project

Date sent: 2 August 2020

Brief: The Commonwealth Government is in the final stages of considering an investment of between $20-45 million in shellfish reef restoration. The RFA expressed its support for the proposal and the benefits that reef restoration will provide to recreational fishers in NSW.

Outcome: TBA – awaiting outcome.

RFA of NSW to Great Sydney Local Land Services re Botany Bay Oyster Reef Project

Date Sent: 14 July 2020

Brief: The RFA expressed our support for the Botany Bay Oyster Reef Recovery project. We expect this important project in the heart of Sydney will have a significant effect on the health of Botany Bay. It will also be a flagship project drawing the attention of recreational fishers and the whole community to similar initiatives that can address the decline of coastal environments.

Outcome: TBA – awaiting outcome

RFA of NSW to NSW Office of Local Government re Review of the Impounding Act 1993

Date Sent: 3 July 2020

Brief: The RFA provided a submission to the NSW Office of Local Government regarding the removal of legally parked boat trailers on streets.

The RFA believes that the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 should be removed, or at the very least reviewed to a more meaningful and less discriminatory level that should allow boat owners to park their legally registered boat trailers and boats in their streets and in front of their houses without fear of impoundment.

Outcome: TBA – awaiting outcome


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

Response: Minister’s letter is here

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.

Response: Minister’s response is here.

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

Response: Minister’s response is here.
Letter received from Chairman of Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council
Follow up letter from RFA to Minister Marshall.

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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