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Fisheries Amendment Bill

Introduced on April 13, the bill makes changes to the fisheries management system. These include: a introducing a graduated offences and penalty regime; amending the rules for commercial fishers that set out what fish must be brought back to port and what fish may, or must, be returned to sea; streamlining the processes for adjusting commercial and recreational catch limits; and amendments to assist with the roll out of cameras on commercial fishing vessels. First reading completed on May 5 with just Act opposed and referred to the primary production committee with a report back date of Sept 12. Reported back on Sept 20 with a large number of technical amendments. Second reading Sept 27.  Committee stage on Sept 28 with the govt deciding at the last moment to withdraw large parts of the bill primarily around streamlining of allowable catches. Third reading completed with no parties opposed.  Fisheries Amendment Bill