According to the Department's own timetable for the allocation of fishing rights later this year, the two sets of service providers to review the present fishing policies and provide administrative support ought have been appointed by March 2013. This has not happened. And as we reported in a previous BLOG, the tender inviting potential service providers has not yet even been published!
And during March and April, the department ought to have commenced public consultation on the draft fishing policies and processes that are intended to guide the next rights allocation process. Needless to say, this has not happened either.
Next deadline: The Call for Applications is scheduled for May 2013.