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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

				
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