National Workshop to mitigate theft of estuarine pots.
Professional Fishermen’s Association Inc (PFAI)
in 2014, the NSWFRAB identified as a R,D&E priority, research into anti-theft of mud crab (and other estuarine) pots. The FRDC Board determined that the research priority would require a National Workshop to ascertain whether research into this issue was feasible. The NSWFRAB requested that the PFA provide a quote for the facilitation and organisation of the National Workshop. The PFA requested that the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) provide a costing for the facilitation of an anti-crime based workshop titled ”the National Workshop for the Anti-theft of Estuarine Pots” to be hosted at the Sydney Fish Markets. The UTS were chosen to facilitate as they are able to demonstrate a unique ‘multi-driver’ or ‘holistic’ approach whilst bringing the benefit of engaging diverse actors to facilitate an innovative and evidence-based, collaborative workshop environment. Initial discussions have indicated that the issue stems from: 1. Unlicensed fishers stealing for commercial sale “shamateurs” 2. Opportunistic amateur fishers – due to the visability of the pot 3. Fellow commercial fishers It was also identified that this was an issue faced by both commercial and amateur fishers who utilise estuarine pots (as an example of the across sector impact please see a recent article in NSW local paper http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/3566048/something-fishy-harbour-crab-theft/?cs=776) The NSW FRAB believes that there will be a Flow of Benefit to QLD and NT as it is understood that these areas are also facing similar issues with the theft of commercial and recreational estuarine pots.
1. empower and provide tools to attendees to find innovative solutions
2. Framing the problem in a way that enables generation of solutions
3. Create solution directions to a complex and wicked problem
4. A Plan of Action that includes recommendations for further work to deal with the issues across all relevant stakeholder groups.