Fisheries (Central Abalone Zone) Notice No. 2/2014

Fisheries Act 1995

FISHERIES NOTICE NO. 2/2014

I, Ross McGowan, Executive Director Regulation and Compliance (Fisheries), as delegate of the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security and having undertaken consultation in accordance with Section 3A of the Fisheries Act 1995 (the Act), make the following Fisheries Notice under Section 152 of the Act:

Date: 29 May 2014

Ross McGowan

Executive Director Regulation and Compliance (Fisheries)

Fisheries (Central Abalone Zone) Notice No. 2/2014 

1. Title

This Notice may be cited as the Fisheries (Central Abalone Zone) Notice No. 2/2014.

2. Objectives

The objective of this Notice are to:

a)     fix minimum size limits for blacklip and greenlip abalone taken under an Abalone Fishery Access Licence in the central abalone zone; and

b)     address an administrative error in the size limits specified in Schedule 1.

 3. Authorising provision

This Notice is made under section 152 of the Act.

4. Commencement

This Notice comes into operation on 1 April 2014.

5. Definitions

In this fisheries notice –

size zone means any of the areas described in paragraphs (a) to (h) in column 1 of Schedule 1 in clause 6 or paragraphs (a) to (b) in column 1 of Schedule 2 in clause 7 of this Notice.

6. Minimum sizes for blacklip abalone taken from the central abalone zone

For the purposes of the Act, the minimum size with respect to the taking of blacklip abalone from Victorian waters as specified in column 1 of Schedule 1 is the size specified for those waters in Column 2 of Schedule 1.

Schedule 1

Column 1

Waters taken from -  

Victorian Waters

Column 2

Minimum Size limit (Millimetres)

a) between longitude 142°30.498′E and longitude 143°58.008′E which includes reef codes 4.01 - 8.02

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b) Port Phillip Bay reef codes 11.01 - 11.18.

105

c) between longitude 144°42.834′E and latitude 38°19.134′S north to a depth of 10 metres and extending west around to the south side of Point Nepean and to a depth of 30 metres, and then south-east to latitude 38°28'37.25"S (extends from red rock structure onshore), which includes reef codes 12.01 -  12.05.

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d) South from longitude 145°21'50.90"E and latitude 38°31'6.13"S and extending east around to San Remo to the line extending from longitude 145°33'34.20"E and latitude 38°39' 7.34 S to longitude 145°32'24.06"E and latitude,115

e) between longitude 145°55.32′E and longitude 146°2.418′E which includes reef codes 16.04 -16.06.

105

f) This includes reef codes 16.07 through to 17.05 from longitude 146°2.418'E to the western boundary of the Wilson Promontory Marine National Park which extends from Norman beach (longitude 146°19.63'E and latitude 39°2.46'S). 

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g) Shellback Island, Norman Island, Great Glennie Island, Dannevig Island, Citadel Island and McHugh Island i.e. reef codes 17.01, 17.03 and 17.10-17.13120

7. Minimum sizes for greenlip abalone taken from the central abalone zone

For the purposes of the Act, the minimum size with respect to the taking of greenlip abalone from Victorian waters as specified in column 1 of Schedule 2 is the size specified for those waters in Column 2 of Schedule 2.

Schedule 2 

Column 1

Waters taken from -

Victorian Waters

Column 2

Minimum Size limit (Millimetres)

 

a) between longitude 142°30.498′E and longitude 144°38.88′E (i.e. mouth of the Hopkins River to Point Nepean).

145
b) between longitude 144°38.88′E and longitude 148°E (i.e. Point Nepean to Lakes Entrance)150

Notes:    There are offences in sections 68A and 68B of the Act relating to taking or possessing fish of a species that are less than the minimum size specified for that species of fish in this Notice. Various penalties apply.

Under section 152(3), of the Act, if a provision of this Notice is inconsistent with any regulations, the Fisheries Notice prevails to the extent of the inconsistency. The general size limits specified in the Fisheries Regulations 2009 will continue to apply in circumstances where the size limits specified in clauses 6 and 7 do not apply.

8. Abalone not to be taken from more than one size zone

(1) For the purposes of section 67 of the Act -

a) the taking of blacklip abalone under an Abalone Fishery Access Licence from more than one size zone on any fishing trip; or

b) the possession of blacklip abalone taken from more than one size zone on-board any boat being used under an Abalone Fishery Access Licence; or

c) the landing of blacklip abalone taken under an Abalone Fishery Access Licence from more than one size zone;

is prohibited.

Note: It is an offence under section 67(3) of the Fisheries Act 1995 to fail to comply with a prohibition

(2) A person who contravenes the prohibition in sub-clause (1) is liable to a further penalty –

a) in the case of a first offence, a penalty not exceeding 0.5 of a penalty unit for each fish taken, possessed or landed in contravention of the prohibition;

b) in the case of a subsequent offence, a penalty not exceeding 1 penalty unit for each fish taken, possessed or landed in contravention of the prohibition.

9. Revocation

Unless sooner revoked, this Notice will be revoked on 31 March 2015.