Report on the review of the Commonwealth Policy on Fisheries Bycatch

​Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, April 2013

In March 2012, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig, announced a review of the Commonwealth Policy on Fisheries Bycatch 2000 (bycatch policy) and released the terms of reference. 

Drivers for the review included the age of the policy, the subsequent implementation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), the release of the Commonwealth Fisheries Harvest Strategy Policy and Guidelines (harvest strategy policy) in 2007, and the range of bycatch management actions taken in Commonwealth fisheries since the release of the policy.

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