Cabinet approved the conditional lifting of the ban on commercial wild abalone harvesting. The lifting of the ban will be subject to strict law enforcement to ensure compliance by rights holders. Right holders who contravene the Act will have their permits or licences withdrawn. The Minister will monitor the situation and table progress reports to Cabinet every six months. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will brief the media shortly on how this decision will implemented.
We now wait for the Minister of Fisheries to formally communicate this news to the industry and advise on when the consultation processes for the development of the fishing implementation, compliance, management and research strategies will commence.