Commonwealth southern bluefin tuna catch limit set for 2018 season

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Commission has agreed to setting Australia’s national catch allocation for southern bluefin tuna (SBT) at 6 165 tonnes for the 2018 season. As part of this decision, the Commission recognised that the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association has voluntarily agreed to set aside 250 tonnes of the 500 tonnes increase on Australia’s 2017 …

Members sought for Scallop Management Advisory Committee (ScallopMAC)

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for member positions on the Scallop Management Advisory Committee (ScallopMAC). We are seeking members for their next three year terms, commencing 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2021. Please contact Yvonne Zunic on (02) 6225 5432 or email Yvonne.Zunic@afma.gov.au if you require further information about the role of management advisory committees …

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Three Indonesian fishing vessels apprehended

Three Indonesian fishing vessels and 12 crew have been apprehended 180 nautical miles north-west of Darwin earlier this week, suspected of illegally fishing inside Australian waters. Maritime Border Command (MBC), a joint agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force (ABF), apprehended the vessels together with Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) after fresh fish was found on board. The vessels were …

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Applications now open for Torres Strait fish receiver licences

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is calling for applications for Torres Strait fish receiver licences. As part of the new Fish Receiver System (FRS) all commercial fishers in the Torres Strait must land their catch to a licenced fish receiver, who in turn can only receive seafood from licenced commercial fishers. The fish receiver licences mandatory from 1 December …

AFMA Research Committee 2018 Call for research

The AFMA Research Committee (ARC) takes a leading role in determining research priorities and assessing proposals for funding by AFMA each year.  As part of its 2018 funding round, the ARC is making its annual public call for applications to address research priorities identified for potential AFMA funding in 2018-19. The ARC met on 9 October 2017 to consider fishery-specific …

Indonesian illegal fishers face court

Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force Five Indonesian illegal fishers faced Darwin Magistrates Court this week where they pleaded guilty to offences after illegally fishing inside the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ). The master of the vessel, who was a first time offender, was convicted and received a fine of $2000, while the four crew, …

Accurate logbook data essential for fisheries management

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reminding concession holders and skippers of their responsibility to accurately complete their logbooks (paper or electronic). Logbooks are an important source of information for determining the status of fish stocks and making management decisions, including the setting of total allowable catches. Logbooks are a record of daily catch information that includes time, location, …

Giving Indigenous and recreational fishers more of a say

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation improving the capacity for recreational and Indigenous fishers to have greater input on the management of Commonwealth fisheries passed Parliament last week, fulfilling another key 2016 election commitment to the sector by the Turnbull Government. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said the Government is …

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Seabird sessions

Australians heading to the beach for summer are likely familiar with coastal seabirds – gulls, terns, and for the lucky ones, perhaps a penguin sighting! Further offshore, recreational and commercial fishers might come across albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) Claire Wallis recently attended and presented at the Seabird Bycatch Working Group and the Advisory Committee …

SPF Scientific Panel and Stakeholder Forum Meetings

The Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) Scientific Panel will meet on 16-17 November 2017 in Melbourne. Key items on the agenda are: Jack Mackerel DEPM survey results Annual assessment of SPF stocks to inform 2018-19 TAC setting process Proposed new fishing methods in the SPF (jigging and line methods) Research Priorities The Scientific Panel’s draft advice will be presented to the …

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Two Indonesian foreign fishing vessels located off the NT coast

Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force Two foreign fishing vessels and 14 crew members suspected of illegally fishing inside the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ) were apprehended yesterday by Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). An ABF Dash-8 aircraft …

Diving into fisheries

At the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) we love to celebrate our new recruits! Neville Johnston has recently joined AFMA through the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP). Neville’s first rotation will be working in the Policy, Environment, Economics and Research team. Here’s what Neville had to say about what inspired him to apply for the program and commence working …

Torres Strait licence register now live

A register of licence holders for Torres Strait fisheries, with the exception of the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery, is now publicly available on the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) website and can be viewed, downloaded and printed. The purpose of the register is to provide greater transparency for communities, commercial fishers and fish receivers in the Torres Strait. The Australian …

Perfect time to tackle fishing

Fishing, be it commercial or recreational, is an integral part of the Australian lifestyle and with this Sunday being Gone Fishing Day, there has never been a better time to drop a line! Events are being held across the country, to encourage people to take to the water. The second annual day celebrates the many benefits of fishing, from spending …

Vale George Raptis

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) pays respect to George Raptis, a well-known figure among Australia’s fishing industry who passed away on 29 September 2017. George was a leader in the Australian commercial fishing industry, playing a prominent role maintaining A. Raptis and Sons Pty Ltd as one of Australia’s most pioneering and successful family fishing companies with a footprint …

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Indonesian fishing vessel and crew apprehended

Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Department of Immigration and Border Protection Maritime Border Command (MBC) together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have apprehended an Indonesian fishing vessel about 190 nautical miles off the Northern Territory coast, suspected of illegally fishing inside the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ). MBC, a multi-agency task force within the Australian …

Off the scale!

Australia has a seafood industry that we can be proud of and last week outstanding achievements were recognised at the National Seafood Industry Awards held in Sydney as part of the Seafood Directions 2017 Conference. The National Seafood Industry Awards recognise the contributions and commitments of individuals, partnerships, businesses and organisations toward the sustainability of the Australian seafood industry. All …

57th AFMA Commission Meeting – Chairman’s summary

The Commission met for its 57th meeting in Canberra on 31 August – 1 September 2017. Key decisions taken by the Commission at its meeting included: Economic Working Group (EWG) The Commission agreed in principle to the roles, membership and terms of reference for AFMA’s Economic Working Group (EWG). The EWG is intended to provide coordinated economics expertise from Resource …

Reporting interactions with sharks

Australian fishers and the broader community have a keen interest in sharks and rays, and their management and conservation. Sharks are apex predators and an important component of the marine environment, with over 180 species of sharks found in Australian waters. Some species are highly prized by the recreational fishing community, while others are commercially targeted to supply the Australian …

New boat in the Small Pelagic Fishery

AFMA has been advised that a 40m mid-water trawl fishing boat will commence fishing in Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) off the south-east coast of Australia from early October. Like all fishing operations in Commonwealth managed fisheries, this mid-water trawl operation is subject to strict rules and conditions. This includes a strict limit on the amount of catch that can be …