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    This page has a list of upcoming PZJA committee meetings. 

    For meeting agendas and papers please visit the PZJA committees page.

    This page also includes meeting agendas, papers and minutes for historic meetings.


    Upcoming PZJA committee meetings

    Protected Zone Joint Authority Advisory committee meetings & key dates.

    Date Group Venue Key Business
    1 Jan 2022 Hand Collectable Fisheries 2022 season open: Beche-de-mer, Trochus, Pearl Shell
    1 Feb 2022 Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery opens to hookah fishing, subject to moontide hookah closures
    1 Feb 2022 Prawn Fishery 2022 season opens.
    11 Feb 2022 PZJA Meeting Teleconference

    TRL TAC for 2021-22; Finfish TAC for 2022-23, BDM

    black teatfish opening 2022.

    6-7 April 2022 TS Scientific Advisory Committee Thursday Island Assessment of research proposals.
    1 July 2022 Torres Strait Finfish Fishery 2022-23 season opens.
    August 2022 (TBC) TRL Working Group 13 TBC Consider outcomes of public consultation* on proposals to change management controls in the TRL Fishery
    Late August 2022 (TBC) TS Prawn Management Advisory Committee Cairns

    Harvest Strategy amendments, bycatch reduction device trial outcomes, Management Plan amendments, setting total allowable effort limit, discussion about season dates.

    27-28 September 2022 Hand Collectable Resource Assessment Group 2 Thursday Island Outcomes of black teatfish opening, species assessment under the BDM harvest strategy, research priorities.
    30 Sept 2022 Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery 2021-22 season closes.
    12 October 2022 Finfish Resource Assessment Group 11 Video Conference Review of data for Spanish mackerel stock assessment
    October 2022 (TBC) TRLRAG Data Sub- Group 2 TBC Assess and identify improvements to fisher dependent data inputs to the Torres Strait TRL Fishery assessment framework. Consider a draft data plan
    10 November 2022 Hand Collectable Working Group 19 Thursday Island Outcomes of black teatfish opening, TACs for 2023 fishing season, other management arrangements and research priorities
    3-4 Nov 2022 Finfish Resource Assessment Group 12 Thursday Island Spanish Mackerel stock assessment outcomes and Recommend Biological Catch advice.
    Mid Nov 2022 CSIRO led underwater survey of tropical rock lobster abundance.
    1 Dec 2022 Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery 2022-23 season opens - freediving & lamp fishing only (no hookah).
    1 Dec 2022 Prawn Fishery 2022 season closes
    7 - 8 December 2022 Finfish Working Group Thursday Island Provide advice on Total Allowable Catches for 2022-23 season.
    14 Dec 2022 TRL Resource Assessment Group 34 Thursday Island Review CSIRO pre-season TRL underwater survey results, provide advice on RBC for 2022-23 season.
    15 Dec 2022 TRL Working Group 14 Video conference RAG meeting outcomes, TAC for 2022-23 season
    31 Dec 2022 Beche-de-mer Fishery closes.


    To confirm dates and for more information please call the AFMA Torres Strait Office on (07) 4069 1990.

    Updated on 23 August 2022 – Dates and location of meetings may be subject to change.

    Download a PDF of the upcoming 2022 PZJA Advisory Committee Meetings and Key Dates.

    If you would like to attend any of the above meetings and are not a member, please contact the relevant chair through the PZJA committees page to seek approval.

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    Page last updated: 17/02/2023