New laws to track fish catches
Commercial fishers will have to record their catches electronically under legislation to be introduced in federal parliament in the coming weeks.
Under the Fisheries Legislation Amendment bill, commercial fishers will need to have e-monitoring equipment fitted to their vessels if directed.
The technology relies on sensors to automatically record footage of fishing in commonwealth waters.
It is being trialled in three commonwealth fisheries - the southern and eastern scalefish and shark fishery, the east coast tuna and billfish fishery, and the northern prawn fishery.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority intends using the technology to complement existing data collection programs from observers, logbooks and vessel monitoring systems.
Other proposed bills during the winter session of parliament include a Biosecurity Bill, to replace the century-old Quarantine Act 1908.
The strategy is part of a business reform of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's biosecurity business areas.
Import conditions will be updated, and new roles, functions and powers given to people charged with protecting the biosecurity of Australia.
The reforms follow an independent review of Australia's quarantine and biosecurity arrangements ordered by former Agricultural minister Tony Burke in 2008, when equine influenza was detected in NSW and south-east Queensland.
A bill for improvements to water-efficiency labelling is also proposed.
An Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill is being introduced to cut red tape in the regulation of pesticides and veterinary medicines, and ensure health and safety standards.
Federal parliament resumes sitting on May 8, after a six week break.