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Big Bank Exemption – 2018 Fishing Season

The Big Bank Exemption requirements have been outlined by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) from 25th January 2018.

Please click here to access the letter of Exemption from DPIRD.

DPIRD emphasised that the Master would need to notify Mark Rossbach, of the Science and Resource Assessment Division, 24 hours prior to entering the Big Bank area by phone (0471 962 134) or email Mark.Rossbach@dpird.wa.gov.au .

Other Schedule 4 Conditions advised by DPIRD included;

1. The Master is required to notify Mark Rossbach, of the Science and Resource Assessment Division, 24 hours prior to entering the Big Bank area by phone (0471 962 134) or email Mark.Rossbach@dpird.wa.gov.au

2. The Master is required to fish one meshed pot and record all catch from that pot and the adjacent unmodified pot on the datasheet enclosed with this Exemption Appendix 1. Additional datasheets can be provided by Mark Rossbach, of the Science and Resource Assessment Division.

3. The Master must record any research information on the relevant datasheet enclosed with this Exemption at Appendix 2. Additional datasheets can be provided by Mark Rossbach, of the Science and Resource Assessment Division.

4. The Master must permit Science and Resource Assessment Division staff to remain on board the fishing boat while undertaking fishing at Big Bank.

5. The Master must permit the use of automated cameras (known as POTBots) to be fitted to fishing gear.

6. The Master is not permitted to fish in the area identified in Schedule 2 (Table 1) above which is to remained closed to fishing for the purpose of monitoring the breeding stock in the Big Bank area.

7. The Master is required to carry a copy of this Instrument at all times when fishing under the authority of this Exemption.

Closed Area coordinates for the revised Big Bank is also included in the letter of Exemption from DPRID.

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