Public Comment: Co-management in Commonwealth Fisheries
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has developed a Draft Fisheries Management Document (FMP) on co-management in Commonwealth fisheries and is seeking feedback from stakeholders.
AFMA has entered into formal co-management agreements with a number of Commonwealth fishing groups since 2008 and the draft FMP 17: Co-management in Commonwealth Fisheries – establishing effective co-management arrangements, recognizes co-management as an important tool to support AFMA’s legislative and regulatory framework for Commonwealth fisheries. Co-management can build better working relationships between AFMA and stakeholders and offers the possibility of greater stakeholder involvement in fisheries management.
The objectives of the FMP 17 project are as follows:
- Provide a framework for the establishment of co-management agreements between fishing groups and AFMA in the management of Commonwealth fisheries; and
- Provide advice to achieve an effective outcome when negotiating co-management agreements with Commonwealth Fisheries Management.