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Feedback sought on prawn fishery management plan

Thursday 14 July 2016

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture is seeking feedback from industry and community members on a draft management plan for the South Australian Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery.


The draft Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery provides a clear framework to support the ecologically sustainable development of the fishery over the next five years.

The plan outlines the broad structure and nature of the fishery, the objectives and strategies to manage the fishery and includes an innovative harvest strategy. The harvest strategy is based on a nationally adopted framework that is designed to guide a best practice approach to harvesting prawns under various fishery conditions.

A public meeting will be held in Adelaide at 4 pm on 11 August 2016 at the SARDI Aquatic Sciences Centre, 2 Hamra Ave, West Beach. Representatives from PIRSA will be on-hand to listen to community views and answer any questions related to the management plan.

Consultation closes at 5 pm on 12 September 2016.

Background

The Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery employs 73 full-time jobs and contributed $4.7 million to the state’s economy in 2013/2014. There are 10 licences in the fishery, which operates in the waters of Gulf St Vincent in November, December and March to July annually.

The draft Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery is currently available for public consultation. A summary report of the management plan and the Ecologically Sustainable Development Risk Assessment of South Australia’s Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery are also available to inform the consultation process.

View the consultation documents and submit feedback at www.pir.sa.gov.au/gsvprawnfishery

The draft plan has been developed in consultation with the fishing industry through an independently-chaired steering committee including representatives from PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture, SARDI Aquatic Sciences, the Saint Vincent Gulf Prawn Boat Owner’s Association and an independent scientist.

Quotes attributable to Acting Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy, Alice Fistr

The draft management plan provides a clear harvest strategy and management framework to support the long-term sustainability of the fishery and the ecosystem that supports it, and build the economic performance of this valued industry.

South Australian Western King Prawns are a much sought after seafood delicacy and this plan is an important tool to ensure our prawn industry can continue to provide South Australians and interstate markets with premium locally-sourced, sustainable seafood well into the future.

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