Project number: 2006-234.30
Project Status:
Completed
Budget expenditure: $125,777.00
Principal Investigator: Jason Beveridge
Organisation: Control Corp
Project start/end date: 29 Sep 2006 - 31 May 2007
Contact:
FRDC

Need

The fishery is managed within the broad sustainability framework provided by the Fisheries Act 1982 and
in accordance with the Southern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan 1997 (the Plan). The
Plan provides clear management guidelines for all stakeholders, consistent with established biological
economic, environmental and social principles.

In addition in order to maintain an exemption from the export controls of the Commonwealth
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act), the fishery is assessed
to confirm that the fishery is operating within the ‘guidelines for the ecologically sustainable management of fisheries.

The mainstays of ensuring stock sustainability under these Acts are to ensure the catch quota is not
exceeded and that information is available to undertake accurate stock assessments. This requires
effective monitoring of landings and accurate weighing of catch along with deterrents to avoiding quota
and prosecution when breaches occur.

Accurate and timely data collection and management is required and under a full cost recovery regime
these costs are borne directly by licence holders in the fishery.

Ongoing improvements in monitoring and recording are needed to offset cost increases in Government
research and compliance services over time.

Objectives

1. Establish at Cape Jaffa, Robe, Beachport, South End, Carpenters Rocks, Blackfellows Caves and Port MacDonnell an integrated system for electronically weighing the lobster catch and transferring the information to PIRSA Fisheries catch recording database.
2. Establish capacity to link the weight data to video vision of the weighing process at the same location.

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