What is a harvest strategy?
Harvest strategies are frameworks for fisheries management that establish clear guidelines for management actions that are to occur in response to changes in the fishery to achieve agreed ecological, social and economic objectives.
A harvest strategy brings together key scientific monitoring, assessment and management components applicable to all sectors of the fishery (commercial, recreational and Aboriginal cultural fishing) into a single framework to allow for a holistic management approach.
The role of harvest strategies
Harvest strategies represent best-practice fisheries management and are widely used internationally and in other Australian jurisdictions. Having clearly defined management actions improves certainty and transparency for fishers and stakeholders and avoids ad-hoc governance.
A harvest strategy has several advantages:
- It allows for better understanding between fishery stakeholders
- It allows fisheries managers and fishers to operate with greater confidence and efficiency; and
- It allows for greater business planning by commercial fishers, as the fishery management responses to various levels of fishery performance are documented and more predictable.
Current harvest strategies
Harvest strategies for Tasmanian wild fisheries are consistent with the
National Guidelines to Develop Fishery Harvest Strategies.
Abalone Harvest Strategy
East Coast Stock Rebuilding Strategy September 2018
For more information about strategies for each fishery
Tasmanian Abalone Harvest Strategy
Tasmanian Rock Lobster:East Coast Stock Rebuilding Strategy (2013-2023)