Harvest strategies are frameworks for fisheries management that establish clear 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 appliable 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 represents best-practice fisheries management and are widely used internationally and throughout other Australian jurisdictions. Having clearly defined management actions seeks to avoid ad-hoc governance which provides fishers and stakeholders with improved certainty and transparency.
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.