Australia will be sending a delegation to the conference, yet there will be no industry representation. The Department of Environment have strongly encouraged industry to attend, given the dynamics of the meeting and the manner in which decision making is influenced and conducted. Specifically, the influence of non-government organisations and the strict conservation and protection agendas that are promoted and promulgated.
The potential listing of School Shark as a migratory species is the topic of greatest concern for industry, given the impact of listing at an international level and the consequences for the Commonwealth EPBC Act. Should this listing be ratified there will be significant impacts on the commercial and recreational fishing sectors. This is extremely concerning given our body of scientific work on School Shark and the current and historical management actions taken to recover the stocks.
In addition to the importance of the topic of discussion, this bursary will provide a significant capacity building opportunity for an industry representative. An experience that will provide benefits throughout a range aspects of industry representation.