Harvest strategies

Image is a circular diagram explaining the over-arching drivers of the harvest strategy. Outer circle text - international obligations, ecosystem-based fisheries management, environmental legislation, coast-recovery policy, Fisheries legislation. Middle circle text - management system (e.g. input/output controls) co-management arrangements, compliance and enforcement, management plan, allocation. Inner circle text – objectives, performance indicators, limit, trigger and target reference points, monitoring, stock assessment, decision rules.

How a harvest strategy fits within the overall fishery management framework. From National Guidelines to develop fishery harvest strategies (Sloan et al. 2014).


A fishery harvest strategy is a transparent framework, which specifies pre-determined decision rules for a fishery. These decision rules are designed to achieve agreed ecological, economic and/or social management objectives.

Developing a harvest strategy requires fishery managers, scientists, fishers and other key stakeholders to think in advance on how to respond to various fishery conditions before they occur.

One of the main benefits of adopting a harvest strategy is the increased level of certainty and transparency provided for all fishery stakeholders, particularly in relation to how decisions are made in fishery management.

Harvest strategies can incorporate commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fishing interests as appropriate. Harvest Strategies in NSW will be consistent with the National Guidelines to develop fishery harvest strategies for Australian Fisheries and tailored as necessary to the ecological, economic and social framework of fisheries in NSW.

Latest news

1 June 2020 - Harvest strategies to drive NSW fishing management decisions - The NSW Government will provide fishers with greater certainty and transparency in fisheries management decisions, through the development of tailored harvest strategies in direct partnership with commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fishers.


  • Statewide

Lead agency

Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries (DPI-Fisheries)

More information

National Guidelines to develop fishery harvest strategies


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Page last updated/reviewed: 30 Jun 2020