The Abalone Futures Workshop was held on the 12th and 13th of April 2022 in Launceston, hosted by the Wild Fisheries Management Branch of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.
The Workshop brought together a diversity of stakeholders in Tasmania's abalone fishery, including representatives from the Aboriginal cultural, recreational and commercial fisheries sectors, as well as researchers and fisheries managers.
The objectives of the workshop were:
- To ensure a common understanding of factors that are shaping the recent performance and likely trajectory of Tasmanian abalone stocks and fishery behaviour under current and potential future market, management, access (especially recreational) and climate regimes;
- To identify actions which may be taken by research, industry and government agencies to avoid recruitment overfishing in the near term (1-3 years) via an update of the current harvest Strategy and reform of fisheries governance (under LMRMA Review);
- To identify actions which may be taken by research, industry, and government to promote recovery of abalone stocks in the medium to longer term (3 years+) and promote greater understanding of the importance of shared stewardship among key stakeholders in the management processes; and
- To identify and prioritize innovations and investments in Abalone research, harvesting and management which are necessary to underpin the sustainability of Tasmanian Abalone Stocks in the longer term.
The report from the workshop is available here:
Abalone Futures Workshop Report 2022 (PDF 6Mb)
Attendees at the Abalone Futures Workshop held in Launceston in April 2022.