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ARFF calls for an immediate moratorium

Postby mrfisho Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:36 pm

ARFF calls for an immediate moratorium on fishing areas of concern in the small pelagic fishery.
In a submission to The Senate Inquiry into “Supertrawlers” ARFF has called for an immediate moratorium on fishing recreational fishing areas in the small pelagic fishery. Mr Hansard Managing Director of ARFF said “ARFF is of the view that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way the SPF has been developed and is being managed.

ARFF remains unconvinced that allowing industrial scale fishing of the small pelagic fishery is the highest and best use of the fishery and in the nation’s interest.

ARFF is also concerned over the manner in which this fishery has been managed by AFMA. In particular, it is the view of ARFF that AFMA has taken a narrow focus when assessing the benefits of commercially exploiting a fishery and has not sufficiently addressed its commitments to assess ecologically sustainable development issues, as outlined in the objectives of the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

This situation may be resulting in adverse economic, social and environmental impacts on the Australian economy and community.

ARFF recommends that an immediate moratorium be placed on fishing ‘areas of concern’ within the small pelagic fishery until a comprehensive assessment has been conducted to determine whether industrial scale fishing of the SPF is the highest and best use of the SPF, in our nation’s interest and whether the small pelagic fishery should be commercially fished at all.” Mr Hansard concluded.
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