PZJA Out of Session Decisions 3 July 2013

Offering Papua New Guinea trawl days to Australian Torres Strait Prawn Fishery operators

The PZJA AGREES that, for future seasons, any PNG days accepted by Australia annually through the Torres Strait Treaty preferential entitlement agreement should not be allocated to Australian licence holders.

NOTING that:

  1. An ongoing decision not to issue PNG days will reduce the administrative burden of consulting the PZJA annually on this matter.
  2. If the Australia Government accepts PNG days offered at the fisheries bilateral meetings, the PZJA has the authority to make a subsequent decision to allocate these days during or between seasons if circumstances in the fishery change.
  3. PZJA agencies encourage the use of the Australian effort before they consider offering PNG days.
  4. Unused effort can be leased between Australian licence holders as detailed in section 4.7 of the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery Management Plan 2009.
  5. The Torres Strait Prawn Fishery has operated at around 30% of the Australian effort limit for the fishery (6,867 days) for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.