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    This page has a list of upcoming PZJA committee meetings and key dates. 

    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 and key dates.

    Date (2024)GroupVenueKey Business
    1 JanuaryBeche-de-mer, Crab, Pearl Shell and Trochus Fisheries 2024 season opens.
    31 JanuaryTorres Strait Scientific Advisory CommitteeVideo conference Research proposals for potential funding in 2024–25 financial year
    1 FebruaryTropical Rock Lobster Fishery opens to hookah fishing. Periodic moon tide hookah closures apply.
    1 FebruaryPrawn Fishery 2024 season opens.
    29 AprilFishing for black teatfish opens. Subject to a limited opening period and additional rules.
    June (date TBC)FFRAG Stock Assessment meetingCairnsTBC
    June (date TBC)Hand Collectibles Resource Assessment GroupVideo conferenceResearch priorities
    1 JulyTorres Strait Finfish Fishery 2024–25 season opens.
    28–29 AugustTorres Strait Scientific Advisory CommitteeWaibene
    • Five-year Strategic Research Plan.
    • Research funding priorities for 2025–26 Financial year.
    Mid September (date TBC)Finfish Resource Assessment GroupWaibene2023 Spanish mackerel stock assessment data meeting.
    30 SeptemberTropical Rock Lobster Fishery 2023-24 season closes. 
    September (date TBC)Hand Collectables Resource Assessment GroupWaibene
    • Total allowable catches for the 2025 fishing season.
    • Research priorities.
    September (date TBC)Hand Collectables working group Waibene
    • Total allowable catches for the 2024 fishing season.
    • Research priorities.
    • Species specific management issues. 
    Mid-NovemberCSIRO led underwater survey of tropical rock lobster abundance. 
    Early November (date TBC)Finfish Resource Assessment GroupCairnsRBC advice
    Late November (date TBC)Finfish Working GroupCairnsTAC advice and other business
    1 DecemberTropical Rock Lobster Fishery 2024–25 season opens. Freediving and lamp fishing only (no hookah).
    1 DecemberPrawn Fishery 2024 season closes.
    10–11 DecemberTropical Rock Lobster Resource Assessment Group Waibene
    • Review of CSIRO led underwater pre-season survey results. 
    • Provide advice on RBC for 2024–25 season. 
    12 December 2023Tropical Rock Lobster Working Group Waibene
    • RAG meeting outcomes. 
    • TAC for 2024–25 season. 
    31 DecemberBeche-de-mer, Crab, Pearl Shell and Trochus Fisheries 2024 season closes.

    Updated on 19 February 2024. Dates and venues may be subject to change.

    Download a PDF of the 2023 PZJA Advisory Committee Meetings and Key Dates.

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

    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: 23/02/2024