Board Report - Meeting 260

Board Report – Meeting 260

28 April 2020 – Zoom Virtual Meeting

Overview

The Marine Park Authority Board (MPA) convened its first virtual meeting on Tuesday 28 April 2020.  At MPA 260 Board members discussed the process in developing the Fishing Position Statement and key issues noting the Authority’s position statements to-date had been well received by the community.  The change in management tools and the enforcement of no-anchoring areas and facilities at the John Brewer Reef were discussed with Board members providing in-principle approval for amendments to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019 to enable notifiable instruments to be used across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for the declaration of no-anchoring areas.  Board members were provided with an update on Sea Country Policy noting the current status of the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement program; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Strategy (including that it had been a year since it was launched); co-management options; and engagement of Traditional Owners in the permissions system project, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous programs, and longer term strategic considerations around Indigenous policy and planning implementation.  Board members noted that COVID-19 had impacted on the Authority’s international engagement and that as a result of those impacts the Authority’s secretariat role of the International Coral Reef Initiative would likely be extended until the end of 2020.  Board members provided comment around the proposed performance measures and look forward to reviewing the draft Corporate Plan for 2020-21 at its next meeting.

Fishing Position Statement

Decision MPA 260 (2020-260-03 on 28/04/2020): The Authority:

  • APPROVED the Fishing Position Statement in-principle, and delegated final approval to the CEO.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the decision

Management Tool recommendations: Enforcement of no-anchoring areas and facilities at John Brewer Reef (18-075)

Decision MPA 260 (2020-260-04 on 28/04/2020): The Authority:

  • APPROVED in-principle for amendments to be prepared to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019 to enable notifiable instruments to be used across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for the declaration of no-anchoring areas.
  • APPROVED in-principle the development of a Notifiable Instrument for the declaration of nine new no-anchoring areas in the Whitsundays.
  • APPROVED a delegation to the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority’s power under paragraph 5(2)(b) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019 to approve the Notifiable Instrument declaring the nine new no-anchoring areas.
  • APPROVED for the purposes of paragraph 7(4) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 that the Authority’s intent is that no new permissions should be granted for facilities at John Brewer Reef (18-075) until a Chief Executive Officer approved Site Plan is in place.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the decision.

Sea Country Policy Update

Decision MPA 260 (2020-260-06 on 28/04/2020): The Authority:

  • NOTED the current status of the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement program; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Strategy; co-management options paper project; and engagement of Traditional Owners in the permissions system project.
  • NOTED the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous programs, and longer term strategic considerations around Indigenous policy and planning implementation.
  • CONFIRMS there is no objection to publication of the information.

Corporate Plan Performance Measures

Decision MPA 260 (2020-260-07 on 25/02/2020): The Authority:

  • NOTED the Results Map
  • DISCUSSED the Corporate Plan performance measures and advised any areas requiring further development
  • NOTED the revised timeline for the corporate planning process
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the information.

International Engagement 2020-21

Decision MPA 260 (2020-260-08 on 28/04/2020): The Authority:

  • NOTED the Authority’s main international engagement activities.
  • NOTED, in particular, the Authority’s planned approach for managing Australia’s role in the International Coral Reef Initiative through to the end of 2020.
  • NOTED travel restrictions under COVID-19 response measures will impact the nature of the Authority’s international activities.
  • NOTED the Authority is exploring avenues to maintain, where possible, delivery of Reef outcomes internationally other than through in-person engagement.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the information.

Members of the Authority