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
- Recommended total allowable catches for the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery.
- Discussed the outcomes of the 32nd meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
- Agreed to renew the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery Closure Directions.
Download the November 2015 meeting minutes (PDF, 367 KB).
The next meeting is scheduled for November 2016.
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 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
Tel: 02 6225 5555