- Environment and sustainability
- Petroleum industry consultation
- Ecological Risk Management
- Strategic assessment
- Bycatch and discarding
- Protected species
- AFMA’s climate change strategy
- Sharing the ocean with other users
- Marine Protected Areas
- Marine Bioregional Planning
- Fisheries A to Z index
- Antarctic fisheries
- Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery (BSCZSF)
- Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands fisheries
- Coral Sea Fishery (CSF)
- Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF)
- High Seas permits
- Norfolk Island Fishery
- North West Slope Trawl Fishery (NWSTF)
- Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF)
- Skipjack Tuna fisheries
- Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF)
- Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF)
- Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery (SBTF)
- Southern Squid Jig Fishery (SSJF)
- South Tasman Rise (STR)
- Torres Strait Fisheries
- Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery (WDTF)
- Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery (WTBF)
- Compliance activities
- Harvest strategies
- Antarctic fisheries Harvest Strategy
- Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Harvest Strategy
- Coral Sea Fishery – Hand Collection Sector: Aquarium Harvest Strategy
- Coral Sea Fishery – Hand Collection Sector: Lobster and Trochus Harvest Strategy
- Coral Sea Fishery – Hand Collection Sector: Sea Cucumber Harvest Strategy
- Coral Sea Fishery: Line, Trawl and Trap Sectors Harvest Strategy
- Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Harvest Strategy
- Northern Prawn Fishery Harvest Strategy under Input Controls
- Skipjack Tuna Harvest Strategy
- Small Pelagic Fishery Harvest Strategy
- Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Harvest Strategy
- Southern Squid Jig Fishery Arrow Squid Harvest Strategy
- Western Deepwater Trawl and North West Slope Trawl Fishery Harvest Strategy
- Data collection
- Opportunity to comment on the transhipment of fish at sea in the Small Pelagic Fishery
- Management Advisory Committees (MACs)
- Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs)
- Coral Sea Fishery Stakeholder Group
- Species workshops
Management Advisory Committees (MACs)
MACs are a major source of advice to AFMA, reflecting the experience and expertise of the range of stakeholders with interest in the fishery or fisheries covered by the MAC. Follow the links to view current membership details, meeting agendas and Chair’s summaries.
- Great Australian Bight MAC – Great Australian Bight Trawl Sector Management Advisory Committee (GABMAC)
- Northern Prawn MAC – Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee (NORMAC)
- Southern Bluefin Tuna MAC – Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Advisory Committee (SBTMAC)
- ScallopMAC – Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Management Advisory Committee
- South East MAC – Small Pelagic Fishery, Southern Squid Jig Fishery, Commonwealth Trawl Sector and Gillnet, Hook and Trap Sectors Management Advisory Committee (SEMAC)
- Sub-Antarctic MAC – Sub-Antarctic Fisheries Management Advisory Committee (SouthMAC)
- Torres Strait MAC – Torres Strait Fisheries Management Advisory Committee (TorresMAC)
- Tropical Tuna MAC – Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery, Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery and Skipjack Tuna Fisheries Management Advisory Committee
MACs play a vital role in helping AFMA to fulfill its legislative functions and effectively pursue its objectives by acting as the main advisory body and link between AFMA and those with an interest in the fishery . The Committees also provide advice to AFMA on a variety of issues including fisheries management arrangements, research, compliance and management costs.
The MACs complement the work of fishery managers by providing a broader perspective on management options and a wide range of expertise, not dissimilar to the expertise-based AFMA Board.
In general, MACs provide a forum where issues relating to a fishery are discussed, problems identified and possible solutions developed. The outcomes of these deliberations determine the recommendations that the MAC will make to the AFMA Commission.
Generally, MACs are made up of members from commercial industry, fisheries management, the scientific community, the environment/conservation sector and, in some instances, the State governments.
A typical MAC consists of an independent Chairperson, an AFMA member, a research member, up to four industry members and an environment/conservation member. Each MAC has an Executive Officer responsible to the Chairperson.
The AFMA Commission has final responsibility for determining the actual membership of each MAC and makes the final decision on appointments to a MAC following a selection process whereby AFMA Management seeks nominations from relevant agencies and industry operators for the various positions on the MACs. Applications for industry membership on a MAC are assessed by an Assessment and Ranking Panel which submits its recommendations to the AFMA Commission for approval.
Legislation limits MAC membership to nine. Members are generally appointed for terms of up to three years.
Increasingly, and where appropriate, AFMA has included a broader range of interest groups, such as recreational fishers and charter boat operators in this consultative process.
The AFMA Commission decides on a fishery-by-fishery basis whether membership of a MAC should also reflect these wider community interests. As a general rule, revised membership arrangements are considered upon expiry of terms of appointment of existing members.
To assist in its operations a MAC may also establish Sub-committees, with or without external expertise, to advise it on particular issues. Typically these Sub-committees cover research, compliance and finance matters
The AFMA Commission has final responsibility for determining the actual membership of each MAC and makes the final decision on appointments to a MAC following a selection process whereby AFMA Management seeks nominations for the various positions on the MACs.
Applications for industry membership on a MAC are assessed by an Assessment and Ranking Panel which submits its recommendations to the AFMA Commission for approval.
More detailed information on the selection and appointment process for MAC members is set out in Fisheries Management Paper No.1 – Management Advisory Committees.
- Changes in the Gillnet, Hook and Trap Sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery to Protect Dolphins
- Draft Shark Plan 2
- Changes in the Gillnet, Hook and Trap Sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery
- Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management arrangements booklet 2011
- Freedom of Information