When is my PZJA meeting?

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




Key Business

1 Jan 2022

Hand Collectable Fisheries 2022 season open: Beche-de-mer, Trochus, Pearl Shell

1 Feb 2022

Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery opens to hookah fishing, subject to moontide hookah closures

Prawn Fishery 2022 season opens.

11 Feb 2022

PZJA Meeting


TRL TAC for 2021-22; Finfish TAC for 2022-23, BDM black teatfish opening 2022.

April 2022

TS Scientific Advisory Committee

Thursday Island

Assessment of research proposals.

May 2022 

TS Scientific Advisory Committee

Video Conference

Consideration of community consultation on proposed research. Finalise proposal approvals .

May 2022

TS Prawn Management Advisory Committee


Harvest Strategy amendments, bycatch reduction device trial outcomes, Management Plan amendments, setting total allowable effort limit, discussion about season dates.

June 2022 (Tentative)

Hand Collectable Resource Assessment Group 2

Thursday Island 

Outcomes of black teatfish opening (TBA), species assessment under the BDM harvest strategy, research priorities.

June 2022

TRL Working Group 13


Consider outcomes of public consultation* on proposals to change management controls in the TRL Fishery

1 July 2022

Torres Strait Finfish Fishery 2022-23 season opens.

July 2022  (tentative)

Hand Collectable Working Group 19

Thursday Island

Outcomes of black teatfish opening (TBA) and future management and research priorities

July 2022

TRLRAG Data Sub-Group 2


Assess and identify improvements to fisher dependent data inputs to the Torres Strait TRL Fishery assessment framework. Consider a draft data plan


TS Scientific Advisory Committee

Thursday Island

Discuss research priorities for 2023-24 funding.

8 Sept 2022

Finfish Resource Assessment Group 11


Review of data for Spanish mackerel stock assessment

30 Sept 2022

Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery 2021-22 season closes.

October 2022

TRL Resource Assessment Group 33


Consider any related intersessional work undertaken by CSIRO. Discuss research and data needs planning.

3-4 Nov 2022

Finfish Resource Assessment Group 12

Thursday Island

Spanish Mackerel stock assessment outcomes and Recommend Biological Catch advice.

Mid Nov 2022

CSIRO led underwater survey of tropical rock lobster abundance.

Nov 2022

Finfish Working Group

Thursday Island

Provide advice on Total Allowable Catches for 2022-23 season. 

30 Nov 2022

Prawn Fishery 2022 season closes.

1 Dec 2022

Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery 2022-23 season opens - freediving & lamp fishing only (no hookah).

14 Dec 2022

TRL Resource Assessment Group 34

Thursday Island

Review CSIRO pre-season TRL underwater survey results, provide advice on RBC for 2022-23 season.

17 Dec 2022

TRL Working Group 13

Video conference

RAG meeting outcomes, TAC for 2022-23 season

31 Dec 2022

 Beche-de-mer Fishery closes.

To confirm dates and for more information please call the AFMA Torres Strait Office on (07) 4069 1990.Updated on 11 January 2022 – Dates and location of meetings may be subject to change.

Download a PDF of the upcoming 2022 PZJA Advisory Committee Meetings and Key Dates.
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.