Fisheries management policies are developed to support the legislative and regulatory framework for Commonwealth fisheries.

Below is a list of AFMA’s fisheries management policies.

Allocation of fishing concessions where management arrangements change

The process AFMA follows when allocating fishing concessions if the management arrangements for a fishery have been changed and fishing concessions have been granted already.

See our policy for allocation of fishing concessions where management arrangements change.

Fisheries bycatch policy

The policy ensures that direct and indirect impacts on marine systems are taken into account and managed on an ecologically sustainable basis. This is done by improving the protection for vulnerable species and minimizing adverse impacts of fishing on the marine environment.

See all bycatch policies and workplans.

Exploration of fish resources

This provides information on the rights and obligations for operators wishing to establish and gain access to an exploratory fishery.

See our policy on exploration of fish resources.

Harvest strategies

Harvest strategy policies provide guidance on how to manage fish stocks sustainably and profitably.

See all fisheries harvest strategies.

Information disclosure

This is our policy and procedures for disclosing information we collect.

See our process and policy for information disclosure.

Information and advice for industry members on AFMA Committees

This provides information to industry members appointed to AFMA committees and advice on their obligations and responsibilities when attending meetings and on what is expected of them in their position as industry member.

See our administration paper on Information and Advice for Industry Members on AFMA Committees.

Unpaid and overdue levies

This is the process we follow for dealing with holders of Commonwealth fishing concessions who have not paid their levies.

See our policy and procedure for handling unpaid levies.

Operation of management advisory committees

See the policy for the operation of Management Advisory Committees.

Operation of resource assessment groups

See the policy for the operation of Resource Assessment Groups.

Disposal of fishing vessels, catch and gear

The policy and process we follow for the disposal of fishing vessels, catch and gear ordered by a court in relation to a breach of the fisheries legislation.

See our policy for the disposal of fishing vessels, catch and gear.

Quota administration

This is the process AFMA follows when administering statutory fishing rights and individual transferable quotas, collectively termed “quota”.

See the Quota Administration Policy.

Scientific permits

Scientific permits allow the permit holder to carry out scientific research in a particular area of the Commonwealth fisheries.

See the process we follow when granting scientific permits.

Undercatch and overcatch of quota

Managing undercatch of quota (carryover) and overcatch of quota (carryunder) in Commonwealth fisheries .

See the principles for the management of undercatch or overcatch in a fishery.

Revoked papers

Paper 9 – Considerations applied where an offence is believed to be committed. Revoked February 2010.

Australian Fishing Vessels unloading in foreign ports

The policy and process AFMA follows regarding the inspection of Australian Fishing Vessels unloading in foreign ports.

See the Inspection of Australian Fishing Vessels Unloading in Foreign Port Policy.

Ecological Risk Management

The policy AFMA follows for ndertaking Ecological Risk Assessments (ERAs) and administering Ecological Risk Management (ERM) in pursuit of its fishery management objectives, particularly Ecologically Sustainable Development.

See AFMA’s Ecological Risk Management policy.