Fishery quota allocation formulae released

22 June 2007

The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) released  formulae on 7 June 2007 which determines how the allocations of individual catch quotas for non-community fishers in the Tropical Rock Lobster and Finfish fisheries will be made.

An independent Allocation Advisory Panel (AAP) that was commissioned by the PZJA, provided its reports containing recommendations on the methods to determine individual allocations of quota for the Tropical Rock Lobster, Coral Trout and Spanish mackerel fisheries.

All non-community fishers in the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster fishery, who currently hold a Transferable Vessel Holder (TVH) licence have been sent their provisional allocations of Rock Lobster based on their recorded catch history.

Provisional allocations for Spanish mackerel and coral trout are expected to be released to TVH licence holders shortly.

For further information on the AAP, contact Mr Stephen Colquitt in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Ph. 02 6272 3752.