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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 …

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, …

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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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 …

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 …

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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 …

It’s of-fish-al – our fisheries are in great shape!

Fans of Australian seafood can ‘shellebrate’ confident in the knowledge that Commonwealth fisheries are in great shape with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Fishery status reports 2017 showing that for the fourth consecutive year, no fishery solely managed by the Commonwealth is subject to overfishing. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) CEO, Dr James …

Australian fisheries shown to be sustainable and well-managed

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Consumers can continue to enjoy fresh, sustainable Australian seafood in confidence that it comes from the world’s best managed fisheries. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, today welcomed the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) release of the Fishery status reports 2017. “It’s …

Funding opportunity for Torres Strait fishers

A one-time funding opportunity is available to help the Torres Strait fishing industry transition to the new mandatory fish receiver system (FRS) to be introduced on 1 December 2017. Funded by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), fishing associations and groups in the Torres Strait may be eligible for up to $4 000 each to support their members to transition …

Australia commits to sustainable fisheries for all

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston Ensuring every Australian’s right to go fishing and have access to local seafood from some of the most sustainably managed fisheries in the world is at the heart of the Commonwealth Fisheries Policy Statement launched today at Seafood Directions 2017 in Sydney. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water …

Turtley great way to educate on marine pollution

Turtles are a treasured part of our marine environment, so it is fitting that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) recently commissioned a piece of ghost net artwork featuring a turtle for its Darwin office to start a conversation around marine debris and abandoned fishing gear. In recent years, indigenous Australian artists have caught the world’s attention by turning ghost …

Casting a wide net to catch illegal fishers

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston Canberra is hosting talks between ASEAN and Australian civil military-police leaders this week as part of a workshop to discuss multi-national cooperation on combatting illegal fishing in the region. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, welcomed the leaders from Australia’s ASEAN neighbours and said she looked …

AFMA welcomes inaugural Seafood Industry Australia CEO

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes Ms Jane Lovell as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Seafood Industry Australia (SIA).  SIA’s mission is to Promote, protect and develop the Australian seafood industry on the national and international level. Ms Lovell brings to the role a wealth of experience from her extensive work within the natural resources sector, including fisheries, to pursue this mission. AFMA’s …

Seabird protection nothing to squawk at

Diverse species of seabirds thrive in Australia’s marine environment, and today, Threatened Species Day, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is highlighting the work being done to protect these majestic animals. Threatened Species Day is a national day held annually on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936. On this …

Improving catch data to better manage Torres Strait fisheries

From 1 December 2017, the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is implementing a Fish Receiver System (FRS) to improve data collection in commercial Torres Strait fisheries. This new mandatory system will replace the current Torres Strait Seafood Buyers and Processors Docket Book. Under the FRS, commercial fishers operating in all Torres Strait fisheries, except prawn, will only be permitted to …

Australia, Vietnam increase cooperation on illegal fishing

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Australia and Vietnam will increase the level of cooperation between the two countries in an effort to combat illegal fishing in the Asia Pacific region. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture …

Fisheries and environment are winners with new AFMA office at Lakes Entrance​

Joint media release from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Member for Gippsland & South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association  The future of commercial fishing in East Gippsland will be better secured and environmental outcomes enhanced when the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) opens its new office at Lakes Entrance early next year. ​Deputy …

There’s nothing fishy about science

What do Commonwealth fisheries management, the mobile phone, and air travel all have in common? Through continuous innovation and science based decisions all have dramatically changed for the better over the last thirty years. With National Science Week starting tomorrow, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is encouraging seafood lovers to recognise the importance of science in having a healthy …