The Draft Harvest Strategy Policy for Wild Fisheries is a significant step towards strengthening fisheries management in Tasmania. However, it does not commit to recover overfished stocks or prevent future overfishing.
Tasmania’s depleted fish stocks urgently need action, yet the implementation timeframe is far too long – 10 years. Other shortcomings may relate to implementing legislation, currently under review. Yet nowhere is this review mentioned.
The Australia Institute Tasmania recommends a holistic approach to strengthen the Policy, including reducing excess fishing effort, returning rights to First Nations Tasmanians, keeping more fish in the sea with higher biomass targets, and further prioritising ecosystem health.