Victorian Fisheries Authority
The Victorian Government's Target One Million plan acknowledges the importance of fishing in Victoria and commits to establishing a focused, dedicated Authority for the management of this precious resource.
Fishing and its related activities contribute significantly to the Victorian economy and jobs, and the creation of a dedicated Authority to sustainably manage and support the development of fisheries sectors in Victoria recognises that contribution.
The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) is on course to be operational from 1 July 2017 and will be directly accountable for the administrative, licensing, compliance and enforcement functions currently undertaken by Fisheries Victoria.
It will support the development of recreational and commercial fishing and aquaculture in Victoria, regulate fisheries and provide advice to government on a range of fisheries management opportunities.
On 17 May 2017 the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford, joined commercial and recreational fishers in Queenscliff to announce the Chairperson for the new VFA and reveal the VFA logo.
Gail Owen, Order of Australia Medal recipient, was named as the inaugural Chair of the VFA. Ms Owen has previously been an inaugural member of two boards and will provide strong leadership to establish the Authority. Joining Gail on the VFA Board will be:
- Dr Bernadette Northeast (Deputy Chair)
- Christine Cussen
- Christopher Rose
- David Shirer
- Graeme Dear
- Rebecca Edwards
- Yorick Piper.
Further detail on the establishment of the VFA will be forthcoming as 1 July 2017 approaches.
30 May 2017: Victorian Fisheries Authority Set To Swim On 1 July.
17 May 2017: Victorian Fisheries Authority To Cast Jobs Net.
14 December 2016: Board Applications Open For New Fisheries Authority.
14 September 2016: New Fisheries Authority announced.