New boat in the Small Pelagic Fishery

AFMA has been advised that a 40m mid-water trawl fishing boat will commence fishing in Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) off the south-east coast of Australia from early October.

Like all fishing operations in Commonwealth managed fisheries, this mid-water trawl operation is subject to strict rules and conditions.

This includes a strict limit on the amount of catch that can be taken from the fishery. This ‘total allowable catch’ limit will not change with the introduction of this boat or any other boats.  That is, one boat or 100 boats could fish in the SPF, and the total allowable catch would remain the same.

Fisheries are a resource to be shared by all. Small pelagic fish are versatile with a wide range of uses including as a healthy source of protein for humans and animals and bait for both recreational and commercial fishers.

More information on AFMA’s strict, science-based management can be found at

Further questions regarding their planned fishing operations should be directed to the Small Pelagic Fishery Industry Association (SPFIA).