Changes to the Inmarsat C Satellite Network – Update

AFMA’s airtime provider Inmarsat is now expected to commence a transition of satellite C services from their I-3 constellation to the I-4 satellite constellation in the Australian region at the end of June 2018 (https://marlink.com/inmarsatc-i4-migration/). When the transition commences there may be periodic outages to Inmarsat C VMS units to enable the work to be undertaken, in preparation for the …

Sustainable bycatch handling behaviour in the spotlight in education video

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is showcasing Australia’s sustainable Commonwealth fisheries, by featuring operators using best practice bycatch handling techniques, in its new bycatch handling education video. AFMA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr James Findlay, said that correct bycatch handling has a significant impact on the ongoing survival of marine life, and it helps to ensure the sustainability of our …

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Sunfish surprise Murdoch University researchers

Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Murdoch University Murdoch University researchers have partnered with the Commonwealth longline fishing industry and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to find out more about sunfishes around Australia. Murdoch University PhD student Marianne Nyegaard said that she is fascinated by sunfish. “They capture our imaginations with their bizarre oversized head-like bodies …

Public consultation open for fisheries management regulations

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking comment as part of its review of three legislative instruments, relating to the management of Commonwealth fisheries under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 as well as the Fisheries Management (Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery) Regulations 1995. The CEO of AFMA, Dr James Findlay, said these regulations help to …

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Early signs for a good banana prawn season

With a break in cyclone activity and heavy rains in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) is hoping for a good banana prawn season this year. In late March, 52 prawn trawl vessels from the Commonwealth-managed NPF entered the Gulf of Carpentaria and northern Australian waters to kick start the season on 1 April. The CEO of …

AFMA annual public meeting

AFMA’s annual public meeting will be held on Wednesday 9 May 2018 in Canberra. This meeting gives stakeholders the opportunity to meet with AFMA Commissioners. All stakeholders are invited to attend.   Where: Australian Fisheries Management Authority, 6th Floor, 73 Northbourne Avenue, Civic, Canberra. Time: The meeting will commence at 9.30am and finish with morning tea by 10:30am. Date: Wednesday 9 …

Good Friday breaming with sustainable top quality seafood

Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Australia’s world-leading sustainable fisheries management ensures people across the nation will have an abundance of healthy, top-quality seafood produce to choose from in the lead up to the Easter long weekend. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said Australia was recognised around the world for its …

Reminder for fishers to report all discards

In commercial fishing some parts of a catch may be discarded because they are undersize, the fisher may not hold enough quota, or incidental species are caught during fishing operations. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) Bycatch and Discard Program develops policy and management strategies to manage the impact of commercial fishing on non-target and protected species. To ensure sustainability …

Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) notification

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) advises that the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus was detected in feral Pacific Oyster populations in the Port River in Adelaide on 28 February 2018. The virus is yet to be found in the commercial oyster farming areas of South Australia. The detection in the Port River does, however, represent a substantially …

Letter to Sarah Gibbens, journalist at National Geographic, regarding the article How Illegal Fishing Is Being Tracked From Space

14 March 2018 Dear Sarah The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) read with interest the article published by National Geographic, and would like the opportunity to provide you with information which changes the foundation for the story, and the report.  Each country has its own regulations and management processes and Australia is very proud of its fisheries management, as all …

AFMA whale-comes new graduates – part 2

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is hosting two graduates in 2018 through the Graduate Development Program. Hear from one of our graduates, Adam, as he shares with us his motivation for applying to be a graduate at AFMA.  Can you tell us about your background? I studied a Double Degree of Science (Biological Science) and Social Science (Policy) and …

AFMA whale-comes new graduates – part 1

Each year, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) hosts recent graduates for the 12-month Graduate Development Program. Graduates get to immerse themselves into different areas in AFMA and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) in three rotations across the year. One of AFMA’s 2018 graduates, Max, shares a little about his background and why he wanted to be …

Have your say on transitioning the New South Wales Southern Fish Trawl Fishery to remove red tape

Note: The consultation period has been extended and will close on Monday 9 April, 2018. Joint media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the NSW Department of Primary Industries Fishers are being encouraged to have their say on new plans to transition the New South Wales (NSW) Southern Fish Trawl Fishery (SFTF) into the Commonwealth trawl sector of …

Joint agency patrols for the Southern Bluefin Tuna farm sector

Last month, fisheries officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Primary Industry & Regions South Australia (PIRSA), undertook a joint patrol to inspect Commonwealth fishing operators involved in the harvest and farming of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT). The patrol is also an opportunity for fisheries officers to inspect boats in the Commonwealth Gillnet, Hook and Trap (GHT) sector …

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Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery continues achieving global sustainability benchmark

The Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) has been re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for a further five years, recognising the NPF as having global best-practice ecologically sustainable fisheries management. The MSC certification is recognised internationally as the global gold standard fisheries certification system, and requires three core criteria to meet the MSC standard: the status of the fish stock, …

Torres Strait fisher fined for illegal fishing near Dungeness Reef

Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Border Force A Torres Strait commercial fishing operator has been found guilty and fined $2500 for receiving tropical rock lobster from other operators near Dungeness Reef, in February 2017 without a licence. The fisher was charged with offences under the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 following a joint operation …

Another good year for Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture industry

Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston The value of Australian fisheries and aquaculture sector increased by nine per cent to $3 billion in 2015-16, injecting an additional $270 million into rural and regional economies. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston today welcomed the ABARES Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2016 report. …

Large fines for Commonwealth concession holder’s breached permits

Two men have been found guilty of six offences under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, in relation to fishing for orange roughy off the east coast of Tasmania in June 2015. Under Commonwealth management, the orange roughy fishery requires commercial fishers to have a minimum quota of 30 tonnes and to have an Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Observer on …

Statement regarding a Fairfax article published on 11 December 2017

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) acknowledges the publication of the article by the Fairfax media, Foreign boats set to fish in Australian waters, expert claims, by Nicole Hasham. AFMA outright rejects any implication that deemed vessels are able to sit outside the Fisheries Management Act 1991. We agree that it is, as the article states, “unsubstantiated scaremongering.” The facts …

Support your local seafood industry this Christmas

Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston Christmas is around the corner and what better way to celebrate with your family than with Aussie seafood? Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said having a good supply of local, fresh seafood depended on having healthy fisheries and a viable Commonwealth commercial fishing …