Response to the Australian Marine Conservation Society Sustainable Seafood Guide

Dear Mr Kindleysides The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) understands that the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has updated its sustainable seafood guide for Australian commercial fisheries. It is disappointing that little of the feedback and input provided by AFMA for the revised guide in September 2017 appears to have been taken into account. For example, significant developments in understanding …

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 …

60th AFMA Commission meeting Chairman’s Summary

The Commission met for its 60th meeting in Lakes Entrance, Victoria on 7-8 March 2018. Key decisions taken by the Commission at its meeting included: Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) – Total Allowable Catches (TAC) for 2018-19 The Commission set TACs, and other catch limits, for 36 quota and non-quota species in the SESSF. While TACs for …

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 …

Members sought for Management Advisory Committees

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for members of various Management Advisory Committees (MAC). We are seeking applicants for the next three year terms, from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. AFMA is calling for MAC members for the fisheries listed below: Northern Prawn Fishery (NORMAC) Tropical Tuna Fisheries (TTMAC) Sub Antarctic Fisheries (SouthMAC) Please contact …

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 …

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Increased enforcement leads to apprehensions in the Torres Strait

Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force (ABF), working closely with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has apprehended two Papua New Guinean (PNG) banana boats in the Torres Strait for suspected illegal fishing. The ABF, working under the operational command of MBC, …

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 …

Week-long celebration of sustainably sourced seafood

Media release from Senator Anne Ruston Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Taking place on 12 to 18 March, Australia’s first Sustainable Seafood Week is a new, week-long opportunity to celebrate Australia’s seafood industries and the well-managed, sustainable fisheries that supply our favourite fish and crustaceans. ​Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said Australia was a world …

AFMA expands operations in Lakes Entrance

Joint media release from Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud and Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester​​ The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will expand its operations in Lakes Entrance, Victoria, from one to eight staff, to better meet its business and operational needs in Australia’s largest commercial fishing port. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said …

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 …

Changes to the Inmarsat C Satellite Network

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has been advised via their airtime provider that Inmarsat will be commencing a transition of satellite C services from their I-3 constellation (which is nearing end of life) to the newer I-4 satellite constellation. As a result, AFMA has been advised there may be a number of periodic outages to Inmarsat C VMS units …

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 …