Journal Article

The Australian government's harvest strategy policy

Nick Rayns

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 64, issue 4, pages 596-598
Published in print May 2007 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI:
The Australian government's harvest strategy policy

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Rayns, N. 2007. The Australian government's harvest strategy policy. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 64: 596–598.

In December 2005, the Australian government announced its Implementation Policy for the sustainable use of its fishery resources, specifically aimed at addressing overfishing, recovering overfished stocks, and managing the impacts of fishing on the marine environment. The policy articulates the level of risk the government is willing to accept in utilizing its resources. A key part is setting default target and limit reference points for stock biomass (Btarg and Blim). The policy is currently being expanded to ensure that control rules should always return stocks to Btarg, and that target fishing will cease if Blim is reached. The expanded policy is also intended to link fisheries management and conservation law to define their respective application to fisheries better. Guidelines explain how the policy should be applied, and permit the preparation of fishery-specific harvest strategies that are scheduled to be in place by 1 January 2007.

Keywords: Australia; conservation law; fisheries management; harvest control rules; limit reference points

Journal Article.  2128 words. 

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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