Who we are

sustainable use of Commonwealth fish resources on behalf of the Australian community.

AFMA manages commercial fisheries from generally three nautical miles out to sea to the extent of the Australian Fishing Zone. The states and territories look after recreational, commercial coastal and inland fishing and aquaculture.

Detailed information about our operations is provided in our Corporate Plan and Annual Operational Plan on AFMA’s website.

How we work

In managing Commonwealth fisheries resources on behalf of the Australian community we:

  • ensure that each fishery is scientifically assessed on a continuing basis and make regulatory and other decisions to pursue sustainability and economic returns
  • collect catch, effort and other information from operators in all Commonwealth managed and Torres Strait Protected Zone fisheries to provide an understanding of the characteristics of each fishery
  • provide professional observer services to domestic fishing vessels operating within the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ), including sub-Antarctic territories and other waters as required
  • process licensing and fisheries data transactions for all Commonwealth fisheries to give effect to fisheries management arrangements
  • collect licence fees and management levies from fishers to contribute to the cost of managing Commonwealth fisheries
  • detect and investigate illegal fishing activity by both domestic and foreign fishing boats in the AFZ and Commonwealth fisheries
  • participate in an advisory capacity to Australian delegations in international fisheries forums including the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission.