Dear WRL Members and Stakeholders,
Please find below attached reports and information regarding the 2018 Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) Committee recommendations and the outcomes of the recent independent peer review of the western rock lobster model and science.
TACC Committee Report and Recommendations
WRL has determined to implement an on‑going strategic approach to the future setting of the TACC for the commercial western rock lobster fishery by providing professional evidence-based advice and on-going leadership in managing the broader issues, risks and opportunities for a better industry future. This led to the formation of the TACC Committee in July 2017.
The TACC Committee has been established in order to obtain and consider the due diligence necessary to underpin sound advice on future TACC settings for the western rock lobster commercial sector fishery. In a major step forward for the industry, the TACC Committee brings together representatives from the whole western rock lobster industry value chain.
Dr Peter Rogers will be presenting the 2018 TACC Committee Report and Recommendations on behalf of the TACC Committee at the 2018 Management Meetings next week.
Please note: the MSC Audit Reporting for Western Rock Lobster Resource report is attached in the Appendix of the TACC Committee report. The findings of the MSC Audit report will be presented by Dr Simon de Lestang (DPIRD) at the 2018 Management Meetings next week.
Peer Review Report and Recommendations
In early 2018, WRL requested to work collaboratively with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to undertake a prudent independent peer review of the science and modelling associated with the West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery.
Following the two comprehensive workshops held in April and May-June 2018, the independent peer reviewers have provided their final report and recommendations to DPIRD and WRL. The findings of this report will be presented and discussed at the 2018 Management Meetings next week.