EAST Coast calamari fishers are being asked to comment on options for possible changes to how Tasmania’s calamari fishery is managed.
Last month a discussion paper, putting forward possible management options to meet stock sustainability targets, was released for public feedback.
A Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment spokesperson said the calamari fishery was facing increased fishing pressure from both the recreational and commercial sectors and was also impacted by changing environmental conditions.
“Calamari stocks have been assessed as depleting for the past three years by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and so now require new management controls,’’ the spokesperson said.
“These possible management options include introducing limited licences to the commercial fishery and reducing catch limits for recreational fishers.
“The potential options for change are being put forward now to gain early involvement from the broader fishing community.
“Anyone with an interest in fishing for calamari is asked to provide their feedback by completing the relevant survey on the options proposed.
“The feedback from this informal stage will inform development of any future rule changes which stakeholders will have a further opportunity to comment on.
“DPIPWE is keen to understand the views of fishers at a very early stage in the management change process, so that final proposals for the calamari fishery will be better informed with community input.
“This will lead to better outcomes for the formal changes to the rules.’’
Fishers are asked to read the discussion paper and put their views in separate recreational and commercial fisher surveys.
The discussion paper and recreational and commercial survey links are available on the DPIPWE website – http://www.fishing.tas.gov. au/calamari