The Sub-Antarctic Management Advisory Committee (SouthMAC) is the principal forum where issues relating to the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery and the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery are discussed, problems identified and possible solutions developed.

It also provides an avenue for consultation between industry, managers, researchers, environment and conservation groups, and government officers. The committee continues to be AFMA’s main source of advice on the management of the sub-Antarctic fisheries. The committee holds an annual public meeting each year.

Recent discussion topics

  • The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) New and Exploratory fisheries 2016/17 expression of interests.
  • Longline season extension periods in the HIMI Fishery.
  • Assessment of the Management Plans.

Download the May 2017 minutes (PDF, 212KB)

Next meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for November 2017.

Current research priorities

  • Stock assessment and management strategy evaluation for sub-Antarctic fisheries 2015-16
  • Development of robust assessment methods and harvest strategies for spatially complex, multi-jurisdictional toothfish fisheries in the Southern Ocean
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery Random Stratified Trawl Survey
  • Development of management strategy evaluation for the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery.

Past meetings

Past decisions and outcomes can be found on the Sub-Antarctic Management Advisory Committee past meetings page.


Members are appointed for the period 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2018.

  • Mr Peter Neville, Chair
  • Ms Jo Fisher, AFMA member
  • Dr Malcolm Haddon, research member
  • Mr Jon Bryan, environment/conservation member
  • Mr Martin Exel, industry  member
  • Mr Malcolm McNeil, industry  member
  • Ms Lihini Weragoda, government member


Sarah Kirkcaldie
Executive Officer
Tel: 02 6225 5555