Fisheries quota system

December 2022

© Commonwealth of Australia 2022
ISBN: 978-1-76093-444-6

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Terms of Reference

List of recommendations

Abbreviations & Acronyms

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of the report
  Regulation of fish stocks in Australia
  ITQs in state and territory fisheries
  Notes on scope

Chapter 2—Economics and fisheries management

  Benefits of the quota system for fisheries management
  Drawbacks of ITQs in fisheries management
  Impacts of ITQs on fishers
  Unintended consequences of ITQs
  Options for reform

Chapter 3—Communities and small fishers

  Social and community outcomes
  Disempowerment of small fishers
  Impacts on fishing practices
  Recreational and cultural fishing
  Options for reform

Chapter 4—Environment and ecology

  Ecological outcomes of the quota system
  Impacts of climate change and invasive species
  Science in fisheries management
  South East Trawl Fishery structural adjustment package
  Western Australia: ecosystem based fisheries management
  Options for reform

Chapter 5—Conclusions and recommendations

  Conclusions on the quota systems
  Objectives of fisheries management
  Market and competition issues
  Improving ecological performance

Additional comments by the Australian Greens

  Abuses of market power in ITQ markets
  ITQs and healthy oceans
  Economics of ITQs

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearings and witnesses

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511