The need for this workshop was identified by the FRDC Board.
Stock enhancement decisions are the responsibility of State Fisheries agencies and most of these have developed, or are developing, policies on stocking that include such issues as translocation, genetics and disease mitigation. However in a number of cases these polices have been developed in isolation of recreational fishers, commercial fishers or community groups interested in stoocking.
A considerable difference in knowledge exists between government, industry and community on the appropriateness and risks of stock enhancement as a management tool. This has lead to (particularly) recreational fishers seeking political intervention and decisions being made based on political lobbying rather than on sound scientific assessment of the circumstances.
There is a need for government and industry to agree on the current key research, development and extension (RDE) priorities in the use of stock enhancement as a management tool.