Revised Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the 2020-21 Fishing Season (as at 26 February 2021)

26 February 2021

On 25 February 2021, Senator the Hon. Jonathon Duniam determined an increase to the total allowable catch (TAC) of tropical rock lobster (TRL) in the Australian waters of the TRL Fishery from 200 tonnes to 420.863 tonnes for the 2020-21 fishing season (Torres Strait Fisheries Tropical Rock Lobster (Total Allowable Catch) Amendment Determination (No. 1) 2021). In line with the increased TAC, the kilogram value of each quota unit and available catch for each TRL fishery sector outlined below.
 

TRL Fishery Sector

TAC (kilograms)

Number of quota units

Value of each quota unit (kilograms)

Available catch (kilograms)

Traditional Inhabitant Boat (TIB) licence holders

420,863

662,016*

0.420864

278,618.876

Transferable Vessel Holder (TVH) licence holders

337,981

142,244.124

* Held in trust by the TSRA

Australia-PNG catch sharing arrangements

This TAC increase is consistent with catch sharing arrangements between Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) recently agreed under the Torres Strait Treaty. The arrangements comprise agreement on a global TAC of 623.5 tonnes and apportionment of catch between jurisdictions.  Due to ongoing COVID-19 border restrictions, cross-endorsement of PNG boats to fish in the Australian waters of the Protected Zone TRL Fishery for the 2020-21 fishing season will not be permitted. AFMA is awaiting further advice from PNG National Fisheries Authority (NFA) on options for utilisation of PNG’s catch entitlement (109.113 tonnes).

Download an illustration of this agreement.

Further details regarding the revised TAC are provided in a letter to all TRL licence holders issued on 26 February 2021.