- 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
Who uses the data?
The data is used in stock assessments by fisheries researchers. These stock assessments are used by Resource Assessment Groups, fisheries management and Management Advisory Committees to set sustainable catch limits.
Logbook data is the major component used for most stock assessments. Independent observers, independent data collection programs and catch disposal records provide information which is also used for input into stock assessments. The independent data can be used directly in the assessment or for data verification purposes.
Our compliance area use and manage several data collection programs. Catch disposal records are generally used by our compliance area for the monitoring and deduction of catch quota from operator’s quota holdings. Data collection programs such as vessel monitoring systems are primarily used by the compliance area to monitor vessel activities to ensure compliance with regulations.
External agencies and organisations also use AFMA data. Government agencies such as the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Australia (DAFF), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), State fishery agencies and international agencies are all regular users of AFMA data.
Who pays for the data collection?
Industry carries the principal cost of data collection programs. Industry is generally aware of the need for accurate and timely information for management purposes. Emphasis is placed on generating high quality information at least cost.
AFMA recovers 100 per cent of both logbook and observer costs from fishing operators. The fishing industry is seen as the principal beneficiary of commercial catch data collected for input to stock assessments. Costs may be recovered from the overall fishery through levies or by directly billing particular operators.
Costs associated with compliance programs, under the cost recovery policy applied by AFMA, are shared equally between industry and government.
Who can access the data?
The data collected by AFMA is held on behalf of the Australian community, but AFMA can’t release this data to just anybody. Instead it has to be done under one of AFMA’s functions or powers.
AFMA has an Information Disclosure Policy that specifies what data is publicly available, and what is not. In essence, AFMA can publish annually aggregated catch and effort statistics for fisheries and fisheries sectors, but there needs to be a specific management reason to publish less aggregated data.
AFMA may also be required to provide information to courts under a court order, or to Australian Customs, the Australian Tax Office or other organisations who have access to AFMA data under their own legislation.
AFMA enters into agreements in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with research agencies such as CSIRO to conduct research and analysis on catch and effort data which contributes to the pursuit of AFMA’s legislative objectives. Under the terms of the MoU, researchers and their agencies are bound by the same confidentiality provisions as AFMA staff.
- 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