Native Title Notifications

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), on behalf of the PZJA, consults with registered native title body corporates (RNTBC), registered native title claimants and any representative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies in accordance with section 24HA(7) of the Native Title Act 1993. Section 24HA(7) sets out when, and for what processes, a formal Future Act Notification and Native Title Notification must be undertaken. In addition, AFMA engages with RNTBCs, registered claimants and representative bodies through formal consultation and as invited participants on the PZJA consultative forums. 

Below you will find a list of the future act notifications that have been undertaken by AFMA and a link to the consultation documents.

For more information on each consultation process please click the links in the below table.

 

Native Title Notification Number Title Description Status Close date
NTN2019-12 Beche-de-mer TACs In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA in relation to the variation of licence conditions to include new total allowable catch limits for the Torres Strait Beche-de-mer Fishery as per the final draft Beche-de-mer Harvest Strategy. The conditions that are the subject of this notification, limit the amount of BDM species that can be taken by a licence holder and all other licences granted by the PZJA to take BDM species in the area of waters of the BDM Fishery in a fishing season. AFMA issued a FAN on 27 September 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal register. The document sent can be downloaded from link. The consultation period for the FAN closes on 8 November 2019. Open 8 November 2019
NTN2019-11 Beche-de-mer Fishery Conversion Ratios In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA in relation to the variation of licence conditions to include conversion ratios for Beche-de-mer species in the Torres Strait Beche-de-mer Fishery (BDM Fishery). The proposed conversion ratios are to be used to convert reported processed weights back to a standard unit of wet gutted weight to measure. AFMA issued a FAN on 27 September 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal register. The document can sent can be downloaded from link. The consultation period for the FAN closes on 8 November 2019. Open 8 November 2019
NTN2019-10 TSPF BRD trial scientific permit

In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA for the grant of a Permit for Scientific Purposes to undertake a trial of a trawl net bycatch reduction device in the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery (TSPF). AFMA issued a FAN on 15 August 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal register. The document sent can be downloaded below. The consultation period for the FAN closed on 29 August 2019.

Closed 29 August 2019
NTN2019-09 TS BDM stock survey scientific permit In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA for the proposal of a scientific permit to be granted for the Beche-de-mer Fishery survey. Scientific permit would authorise a fishery independent survey to be undertaken within a period of six months (November 2019- May 2020) and will involve site counts at survey sites across area of the BDM Fishery in order to calculate precision population trends of beche-de-mer (sea cucumber) species. AFMA issued FAN on 13 August 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal register. The document sent can be downloaded from link. The consultation period for the FAN closed on 10 September 2019. Closed 10 September 2019
NTN2019-08 TRL stock assessment survey scientific permit In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA for the proposal of a scientific research permit to be granted for the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster (TRL) Fishery Stock Assessment Survey. A Scientific permit would authorise CSIRO to undertake fishery independent surveys for the TRL Fishery over the next three years (2019-2021) and will replicate TRL survey scientific permits that have previously been approved. AFMA issued a FAN on 19 July 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal Register. The document sent can be downloaded from link. The consultation period for the FAN closed 19 August 2019 Closed 19 August 2019
NTN2019-07 TVH transfer 2018-19 TRL season In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA for the proposed licence condition variation to give  effect to any application to transfer a part of an individual catch share between Transferable Vessel Holder (TVH) licenced operators in the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery. AFMA issued a FAN on 18 July 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal register. The document sent can be downloaded from link. The consultation period for the FAN closed 16 August 2019. Closed 16 August 2019
NTN2019-06 PNG cross endorsement 2018-19 TRL season In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA for the proposed endorsement of one Papua New Guinea (PNG) licence to permit commercial fishing in the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery. AFMA issued a FAN on 3 June 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal register. The document sent can be downloaded from link. The consultation period for the FAN closed on 14 June 2019. Closed 3 July 2019
NTN2019-05 Finfish sunset permit granting 2019-20 season In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA for the licence condition variation for Sunset licences in the Torres Strait Finfish Fishery for the 2019-20 fishing season to enforce catch allowances. AFMA issued a FAN on 16 May 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal register. The document sent can be downloaded from link. The consultation period for the FAN closed on 14 June 2019. Closed 14 June 2019
NTN2019-04

TRL TAC and TVH conditions

In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA for licence condition variation to update individual catch shares for the Transferrable Vessel Holder (TVH) licenced operators in line with updates to the total allowable catch (TAC) for the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster (TRL) Fishery. AFMA issued a FAN on 16 May 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal register. The documents sent with the FAN can be downloaded from link. The consultation period for the FAN closed May 30 2019.  Closed 30 May 2019
NTN2019-03 TRL Quota allocation Allocation of quota units in the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery
In line with section 24HA(2), a future act notice (FAN) was issued by AFMA for the allocation of quota units to the principal licence holders in the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery in accordance with the Torres Strait Fisheries (Quotas for Tropical Rock Lobster (Kaiar)) Management Plan 2018. AFMA issued FAN’s on 24 June 2019 to the relevant Native Title Bodies and Claimants, as per the National Native Title Tribunal register. The documents sent with the FAN can be downloaded from link. The consultation period for the FAN closed on 12 July 2019.
Closed 12 July 2019
NTN2019-02 TVH licence final licence conditions after final TAC   Closed 1 March 2019
NTN2019-01 TSPF TAE 2019-2020   Closed 15 February 2019
NTN2018-07 TRL Fishery TVH licence conditions for season 2018-19   Closed 13 November 2018