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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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Joint agency patrol targets east coast maritime threats

Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Border Force Officers from the Australian Border Force (ABF), Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have carried out a joint patrol of Australia’s east coast, using their combined expertise to detect and deter civil maritime security threats. Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy was …

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Foreign fishing vessel apprehended off WA coast with 1110kgs of tuna

Joint media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Border Force An Indonesian fishing vessel has been apprehended approximately 390 nautical miles off the Western Australian coast by Maritime Border Command (MBC), together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). The vessel was approximately five nautical miles inside the Australian Fishing Zone. MBC, a multi-agency task force …

Australia and Vietnam stamping out illegal fishing

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources media release The Australian Fisheries Management Authority has completed a joint public information campaign with the Vietnamese Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Vietnamese Directorate of Fisheries in Vietnam, as part of efforts to combat illegal foreign fishing in our oceans. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, …

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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, …

Indonesian illegal fisherman fined $12,000

The master of an Indonesian illegal fishing vessel today pleaded guilty and was convicted in the Darwin Magistrates Court after being caught illegally fishing in Australian waters in October 2017. The master, a previous offender, was convicted for two offences under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, and was fined $12,000, and warned that if he was caught again in Australian …

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 …

Environmentalists’ misleading claims of foreign vessels entering Australian waters

This week Australians were deceived by some environmentalists who conjured a conspiracy theory that foreign fishing vessels were about to arrive en masse to Australia’s distant offshore waters. As the CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) I outright reject these ridiculous claims and call them for what they are, unsubstantiated scaremongering. In the article, Foreign boats set to fish …

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 …

Illegal foreign fishing vessels destroyed in Darwin

Eight Indonesian illegal fishers pleaded guilty in a Darwin Magistrates Court last week for offences of illegal fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ) last month. Their three vessels were destroyed by fire at a Darwin destruction facility. The fishers, and the three vessels, were apprehended in waters north-west of Darwin on 9 November 2017 in a joint operation by …