Acting Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria, Anthony Hurst, said the creation of the new body followed the July passage of new legislation to establish clear principles to guide future fisheries consultation.
Mr Hurst said: "The new body will help the Victorian Government to fulfil its commitment to more effectively and efficiently engage with fisheries sectors and meet the high expectations of Government and the stakeholders themselves.
"The Government has high expectations for effectively engaging stakeholders and seeking their views when making decisions about the use and conservation of Victoria's fisheries resources."
The Fisheries Consultative Body (FCB) will provide advice on the design and implementation of purpose-specific and cost-effective engagement processes on matters requiring consultation under the Fisheries Act 1995.
It will include people who have skills, expertise and knowledge regarding fishing and fisheries related matters from each of the following fisheries sectors:
- recreational fishing
- commercial fishing
- Aboriginal fishing and
- conservation interests.
"FCB members will require comprehensive knowledge of their sector in order to provide advice on who should be consulted on a matter and how they should be best consulted," added Mr Hurst.
Expressions of Interest for FCB membership close on 23 October 2009.
For an Expression of Interest form, contact Robin Billen from Horton International on (03) 9650 2555.
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