Position Description Torres Strait Fisheries The Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is responsible for managing selected fisheries in the Torres Strait Protected Zone (TSPZ) under obligations established under the Torres Strait Treaty. PZJA membership consists of the Commonwealth and Queensland Ministers responsible for fisheries and the chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA). The Torres Strait Treaty describes the TSPZ and a framework to guide Australia and Papua New Guinea in providing for the management, conservation and sharing of fisheries resources. The principle purpose of establishing the TSPZ was to acknowledge and protect the traditional way of life and livelihood of the traditional inhabitants of Torres Strait, including their traditional fishing and traditional right to free movement. Further information about Torres Strait Fisheries is available from the PZJA Website at www.pzja.gov.au/fisheries. To assist in the management of these fisheries, the PZJA has established a structure of advisory bodies in a consultative management framework. PROTECTED ZONE JOINT AUTHORITY Commonwealth Minister (Chair), Queensland Minister Funding and the TSRA Chair Agencies PZJA Standing Committee TORRES STRAIT SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TSSAC) TORRES STRAIT FISHERIES TORRES STRAIT PRAWN MANAGEMENT ADVISORY MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE (TSFMAC) (TSPMAC) TORRES STRAIT WORKING GROUPS Finfish Lobster Prawn Hand Collectables Further information about the Torres Strait Fisheries Committees and working groups can be found in the PZJA Fisheries Management Paper #1 (FMP 1) at www.pzja.gov.au/resources/publications/fishery_publications/management_paper.pdf 2 Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee The Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee’s (TSSAC) main role is to advise the Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) via the Torres Strait Fisheries Management Advisory Committee (TSFMAC) and Torres Strait Prawn Management Advisory Committee (TSPMAC) on the strategic directions, priorities and funding for research relevant to meeting information needs and objectives of the PZJA and its relevant consultative bodies. The committee may also review completed research to ensure that the research outcomes are relevant and represent good value for money. The committee may also be called upon to make its own assessments of fisheries data and comment on stock assessment advice, including for the Torres Strait Prawn MAC (TSPMAC). The committee may also solicit external review when the questions asked fall outside the committee’s area of expertise. Terms of Reference 1. Identify and document research gaps, needs and priorities for fisheries in the Torres Strait. 2. Provide a forum for expert consideration of scientific issues referred to the TSSAC by the Torres Strait Fisheries Management Advisory Committee (TSFMAC). 3. Provide a forum for detailed consideration of scientific issues raised by Torres Strait Fishery Working Groups and relevant stakeholder representative bodies and advise Torres Strait Fishery Working Groups and relevant stakeholders on the feasibility and merits of suggested research. 4. Develop and maintain a strategic plan for Torres Strait Fisheries research. 5. Solicit and review research proposals in line with the strategic plan and recommend proposals for implementation to AFMA and other relevant funding organisations. 6. Provide other advice to the TSFMAC on matters consistent with TSSAC functions. 7. Review research / consultancies, stock assessments, and other reports and outputs relevant to Torres Strait fisheries and advise the TSFMAC on their technical merit. 8. Advise the TSFMAC and Fishery Working Groups on the management implications identified by the research projects or the TSSAC’s own assessment of fisheries data. 9. Convene Fisheries Assessment workshops as appropriate to review and address assessment needs for Torres Strait fisheries and recommend research priorities for future assessments. 10. Provide advice to research providers and the TSFMAC on appropriate mechanisms and protocols for engaging research providers in the Torres Strait fisheries. 11. Provide advice on effective delivery of research results to stakeholders. 12. Provide advice on a range of issues for the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery, including stock assessment advice. 3 Membership In view of the special circumstances of the Torres Strait, especially in relation to the multiple jurisdictional arrangements for management and the provisions for economic development favouring Torres Strait Islanders in the Torres Strait Treaty (1985) and the Torres Strait Fisheries Act (1984), the Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee (TSSAC) should reflect a balance between stakeholder representation and research expertise. The TSSAC shall have a greater representative function than other AFMA Scientific Committees. Accordingly, appointments to the TSSAC should include the following: 1. An independent Chair with broad expertise in fisheries science or related area. 2. Executive Officer 3. Three (3) Fisheries Scientists with expertise in any of the following areas: • The prawn trawl, tropical rock lobster, bêche-de-mer fishery, trochus, pearl shell, tropical reef finfish fisheries • Traditional fisheries, including turtle and dugong fisheries • The Torres Strait environment, including reef and non-reef habitats • Broad disciplines of relevance to fisheries management, including: − Stock assessment − Stock and fisheries monitoring, including logbooks and community surveys − Data management and analysis − Policy development, legislative procedure and regulation. 4. One (1) Social/Economic Scientist with expertise in fisheries 5. One (1) representative from Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) 6. One (1) representative from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) 7. One (1) independent industry member selected from Industry through a nomination process 8. One (1) Community Fisher Representative nominated by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) 9. One (1) Papua New Guinea Representative; Other experts included on the register may be called to attend specific TSSAC meetings based on their specific areas of expertise as required. 4 Role & Selection/Appointment Procedures for Chair and Scientific Members on the Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee. A selection panel will be appointed and will assess applicants from the information provided in their application forms and résumés against the selection criteria provided below. They will recommend suitable applicants for appointment to the relevant vacant positions to the PZJA. Membership of the TSSAC should be by written agreement between the appointed individuals and the AFMA and should be for a term of three years, which might be renewed for a second term by mutual agreement. Responsibilities – Chair The Chair is responsible for: 1. ensuring the timely availability of agenda papers before meetings and the preparation and circulation of Minutes after meetings; 2. formally communicating meeting outcomes, recommendations and matters for information and/or consideration to the PZJA and TSFMAC Chair; 3. ensuring that all recommendations made by the SAC are consistent with the PZJA's legislative objectives and provisions under the Torres Strait Treaty; 4. summarising outcomes for each agenda item at the end of the discussion for each item and at the end of the meeting. This will assist in the reporting of the outcomes after each TSSAC Meeting; and 5. ensuring that meeting Minutes, letters and other correspondence to the PZJA Chair or TSFMAC Chair clearly and accurately describe TSSAC recommendations and alternative options when an agreed position has not been reached. In undertaking functions 1, 2 and 5, the Chair will be assisted by the Executive Officer. Selection Criteria – Chair The Chair will be appointed on the basis of his/her scientific or management qualifications, experience and expertise and therefore must: 1. have demonstrated capacity to chair and facilitate meetings; 2. have an ability to identify strategic goals and objectives and facilitate their achievement through the TSSAC process; 3. have demonstrated excellent communication skills; 4. preferably, have some fisheries (or resource management) experience; 5. not be a staff member of the PZJA Agencies, and 6. should be independent of commercial or other interests associated with any Torres Strait fishery. They must not be a member of a fishing industry or other association with a direct interest in Torres Strait fisheries. 5 Responsibilities – Research Members The role of Research Members is to: 1. contribute scientific and/or economic expertise to TSSAC deliberations; 2. provide advice to the TSSAC on the latest scientific or economic developments of relevance to the fishery; 3. co-ordinate the development of a five year strategic research plan for the fishery; and 4. prioritise research projects for the fishery for consideration by the PZJA and TSFMAC. Selection Criteria – Research Members Research Members will be appointed on the basis of their scientific or economic qualifications, experience and expertise, knowledge of the fishery and the species being managed and therefore should: 1. be a person of seniority and standing in the research community 2. have experience in liaising with the major Commonwealth and State fisheries research organisations at the highest level Responsibilities – Experts on Register of Experts The role of Individuals included on a register of experts is to, when required and on a temporary basis: 1. contribute scientific and/or economic expertise to TSSAC deliberations during specific meetings where the expert has been invited to participate in the TSSAC meeting based on their relevant expertise; and 2. provide advice to the TSSAC on the latest scientific or economic developments of relevance to the fishery during specific meetings where the expert has been invited to participate in the TSSAC meeting based on their relevant expertise. Selection Criteria – Register of Experts Individuals will be included on the Register of Experts on the basis of his/her technical, scientific or economic qualifications, experience and expertise, knowledge of the fishery and the species being managed and therefore should: 1. be a person of seniority and standing in the research community and/or community; 2. have experience in liaising with the major Commonwealth and State fisheries research organisations at the highest level; and The register will be maintained by AFMA for the duration of the TSSAC and those individuals included on the register may be called to attend specific TSSAC meetings based on their specific areas of expertise.