Turtley great way to educate on marine pollution

Turtles are a treasured part of our marine environment, so it is fitting that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) recently commissioned a piece of ghost net artwork featuring a turtle for its Darwin office to start a conversation around marine debris and abandoned fishing gear. In recent years, indigenous Australian artists have caught the world’s attention by turning ghost …

Statement on misrepresented bycatch data

Recent media suggests that there has been a large increase in bycatch of threatened and protected species, including turtles and cetaceans, in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) since 2012. This misrepresentation of facts was related to the Australian government’s marine protected area (MPA) program but there is no evidence to support this claim. In fact, other AFMA managed …

Casting a wide net to catch illegal fishers

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston Canberra is hosting talks between ASEAN and Australian civil military-police leaders this week as part of a workshop to discuss multi-national cooperation on combatting illegal fishing in the region. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, welcomed the leaders from Australia’s ASEAN neighbours and said she looked …

AFMA welcomes inaugural Seafood Industry Australia CEO

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes Ms Jane Lovell as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Seafood Industry Australia (SIA).  SIA’s mission is to Promote, protect and develop the Australian seafood industry on the national and international level. Ms Lovell brings to the role a wealth of experience from her extensive work within the natural resources sector, including fisheries, to pursue this mission. AFMA’s …

Gillnet closure to protect Australian Sea Lions

Under Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 1 2017, Australian Sea Lion Management Zone D has been closed to gillnet fishing.  The closure has been implemented under AFMA’s Australian Sea Lion Management Strategy because the trigger limit for moralities of Australian sea lions for that zone has been reached. The closure will remain in force in …

Seabird protection nothing to squawk at

Diverse species of seabirds thrive in Australia’s marine environment, and today, Threatened Species Day, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is highlighting the work being done to protect these majestic animals. Threatened Species Day is a national day held annually on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936. On this …

Chair sought for Scallop Management Advisory Committee

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for the position of Chairperson on the Scallop Management Advisory Committee (ScallopMAC). We are seeking applicants for the next three year term, commencing 1 January 2018 to 30 December 2020. Please contact Yvonne Zunic on (02) 6225 5432 or email Yvonne.Zunic@afma.gov.au if you require further information on the Management Advisory Committee …

Don’t weigh in and face the law!

Accurate fish receiver reporting and records will be the target of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) this September. During the month, Fisheries Officers will be checking fish receiver records to ensure correct procedures are being followed and fish are being weighed immediately upon receipt. Once fish have been caught in Commonwealth fisheries they must be landed to a Commonwealth …

EOI for the 2018 and 2019 Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop surveys

The AFMA Research Committee (ARC) takes a leading role in determining research priorities and assessing proposals for funding by AFMA each year.  The ARC is making a separate public call for expressions of interest (EOI) for the 2018 and 2019 Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop surveys. The ARC will publish a further call for EOI to address priority scopes for …

Improving catch data to better manage Torres Strait fisheries

From 1 December 2017, the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is implementing a Fish Receiver System (FRS) to improve data collection in commercial Torres Strait fisheries. This new mandatory system will replace the current Torres Strait Seafood Buyers and Processors Docket Book. Under the FRS, commercial fishers operating in all Torres Strait fisheries, except prawn, will only be permitted to …

Latest in innovation from across the ditch

Staying up-to-date on the latest in fisheries management across the globe is important to AFMA. Earlier this month, our neighbours across the Tasman, held their annual Seafood Industry Conference.  Held in Wellington, the two day technical workshop and conference had a focus on innovation, with the theme, Oceans of innovation, enhancing a world class fishery.  Like Australia, New Zealand is …

Australia, Vietnam increase cooperation on illegal fishing

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Australia and Vietnam will increase the level of cooperation between the two countries in an effort to combat illegal fishing in the Asia Pacific region. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture …

Tracking legal toothfish trade in south east Asia

The Patagonian toothfish is mainly caught in pristine waters of the Southern Ocean and is a prized restaurant fish by countries across the world. Tracking where and to who it is being sold is important to help protect the toothfish species from depletion. As a member country of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), Australia …

IUU cases open up in wake of regional Island Chief Fisheries Operation

Media release form the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency AFMA staff recently participated in Operation Island Chief, a 10 day annual operation involving ten Pacific countries.  Find out more in the below media release issued by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS—Investigations into four serious breaches of vessel fishing licenses have opened up after another regional fisheries …

Fisheries and environment are winners with new AFMA office at Lakes Entrance​

Joint media release from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Member for Gippsland & South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association  The future of commercial fishing in East Gippsland will be better secured and environmental outcomes enhanced when the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) opens its new office at Lakes Entrance early next year. ​Deputy …

There’s nothing fishy about science

What do Commonwealth fisheries management, the mobile phone, and air travel all have in common? Through continuous innovation and science based decisions all have dramatically changed for the better over the last thirty years. With National Science Week starting tomorrow, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is encouraging seafood lovers to recognise the importance of science in having a healthy …

AFMA to open Lakes Entrance office

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will be expanding its presence in Lakes Entrance with a regional office set to open in early 2018. In making the announcement, AFMA Chair, Helen Kroger said that the decision was made after successfully trialling a Lakes Entrance based Liaison Officer for the last two years. “Since 2015 AFMA, in conjunction with the South …

What to expect during an inspection

As part of our commitment to educate and engage with operators, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has produced an educational video outlining what vessel operators can expect during a typical vessel inspection. AFMA fisheries officers conduct targeted inspections of Commonwealth operator vessels in an effort to ensure all rules and regulations are being followed and to provide operators with …

By no means small fry for Tim!

Today we welcome the second of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) graduates on rotation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Tim Carew (read about the Katie Murphy who is also on rotation with AFMA). Tim has joined the Demersal and Midwater Fisheries Section of AFMA’s Fisheries Management Branch. Learn more about Tim below and why although …

What an oppor-tuna-ty for Katie!

Earlier this year we profiled AFMA’s 2017 graduate Elisa Plati. As part of AFMA’s Graduate Program our grads do rotations with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).  Likewise, throughout the year AFMA hosts DAWR graduates on rotations. From June to October DAWR grad Katie Murphy is working in the Antarctic Fisheries Team of the Tuna & International Fisheries …

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Casting a wide net to catch illegal fishers

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston Canberra is hosting talks between ASEAN and Australian civil military-police leaders this week as part of a workshop to discuss multi-national cooperation on combatting illegal fishing in the region. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, welcomed the leaders from Australia’s ASEAN neighbours and said she looked …

Gillnet closure to protect Australian Sea Lions

Under Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 1 2017, Australian Sea Lion Management Zone D has been closed to gillnet fishing.  The closure has been implemented under AFMA’s Australian Sea Lion Management Strategy because the trigger limit for moralities of Australian sea lions for that zone has been reached. The closure will remain in force in …

Seabird protection nothing to squawk at

Diverse species of seabirds thrive in Australia’s marine environment, and today, Threatened Species Day, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is highlighting the work being done to protect these majestic animals. Threatened Species Day is a national day held annually on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936. On this …

Chair sought for Scallop Management Advisory Committee

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for the position of Chairperson on the Scallop Management Advisory Committee (ScallopMAC). We are seeking applicants for the next three year term, commencing 1 January 2018 to 30 December 2020. Please contact Yvonne Zunic on (02) 6225 5432 or email Yvonne.Zunic@afma.gov.au if you require further information on the Management Advisory Committee …

EOI for the 2018 and 2019 Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop surveys

The AFMA Research Committee (ARC) takes a leading role in determining research priorities and assessing proposals for funding by AFMA each year.  The ARC is making a separate public call for expressions of interest (EOI) for the 2018 and 2019 Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop surveys. The ARC will publish a further call for EOI to address priority scopes for …

Improving catch data to better manage Torres Strait fisheries

From 1 December 2017, the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is implementing a Fish Receiver System (FRS) to improve data collection in commercial Torres Strait fisheries. This new mandatory system will replace the current Torres Strait Seafood Buyers and Processors Docket Book. Under the FRS, commercial fishers operating in all Torres Strait fisheries, except prawn, will only be permitted to …

Australia, Vietnam increase cooperation on illegal fishing

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Australia and Vietnam will increase the level of cooperation between the two countries in an effort to combat illegal fishing in the Asia Pacific region. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture …

There’s nothing fishy about science

What do Commonwealth fisheries management, the mobile phone, and air travel all have in common? Through continuous innovation and science based decisions all have dramatically changed for the better over the last thirty years. With National Science Week starting tomorrow, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is encouraging seafood lovers to recognise the importance of science in having a healthy …

By no means small fry for Tim!

Today we welcome the second of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) graduates on rotation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Tim Carew (read about the Katie Murphy who is also on rotation with AFMA). Tim has joined the Demersal and Midwater Fisheries Section of AFMA’s Fisheries Management Branch. Learn more about Tim below and why although …

What an oppor-tuna-ty for Katie!

Earlier this year we profiled AFMA’s 2017 graduate Elisa Plati. As part of AFMA’s Graduate Program our grads do rotations with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).  Likewise, throughout the year AFMA hosts DAWR graduates on rotations. From June to October DAWR grad Katie Murphy is working in the Antarctic Fisheries Team of the Tuna & International Fisheries …

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Eye of the tiger… prawn

While Rocky Balboa caused many to have the catchy tune ‘Eye of the tiger’ stuck in their heads, another type of tiger will soon be the winner as the 2017 tiger prawn season kicks off today. Caught in Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), tiger prawns can be enjoyed in countless ways all year round, with favourites including roasted tiger prawns in …

Shining star of seafood industry

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) congratulates Veronica Papacosta, Chair of Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), who took out the Star of the Sea Award at the Sydney Fish Market Seafood Excellence Awards 2017 last week. The Seafood Excellence Awards recognise and reward the valuable contributions to the Australian seafood industry from operators, suppliers, retailers and prominent seafood industry individuals. Sponsored …

Reporting SFR trading price information is now mandatory

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reminding concession holders that they are now required to report the prices of all leased or transferred quota and gear Statutory Fishing Rights (SFRs) on transfer forms either electronically via GoFish or manually on the paper form. This information, in combination with other pricing and fishery information, will assist AFMA in pursuing its …

So cool! (In more than one way!)

Ever wondered about the management of Australia’s sub-Antarctic fisheries? Given how chilly it is at the moment, we thought the readers of AFMA News might be interested in some research being conducted where it is even colder! The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania has recently published an article about current research which is …

Leader in Australian fisheries awarded Queen’s honour

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) congratulates Gail Richey on being awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her thirty-year contribution to the fishing industry. A leader and venerable presence in fisheries management and the fisheries and aquaculture industry, Mrs Richey was awarded an AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia as part of …

Wild caught prawns a winner this winter

With great catches of banana prawns this season in the Commonwealth Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), expect to see a continued good supply of this tasty crustacean in seafood retailers and supermarkets across Australia. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) CEO, Dr James Findlay, said this was great news for lovers of sustainable seafood. “Not only do banana prawns taste great, but …

Launch of peak Australian seafood body

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston Australia has a peak national body for the seafood industry – Seafood Industry Australia. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, launched Seafood Industry Australia in Adelaide today, delivering yet another Coalition government election promise. “We have been working closely with the commercial seafood sector to establish …

2017 season SBT zone arrangements

During May to October, the waters off the coast of NSW become an area of significant interaction between the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery (SBTF) and the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF). While the ETBF is a multi-species fishery, the SBTF is a single species fishery that requires operators to hold SBT quota in order fish. To address the risk …

Congratulations Walker Seafoods Australia!

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) congratulates Commonwealth operator Walker Seafoods Australia – state winner in the 2017 delicious. Produce Awards! The full list of state winners can be found at http://bit.ly/2rk6b7C Operating in the Commonwealth managed Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF), Walker Seafoods was also the first tuna business in Australia to receive Marine Stewardship Council certification in recognition of its …

Mid-water pair trawling in Commonwealth SPF

The independent AFMA Commission approved the determination of mid-water pair trawling as an approved fishing method in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) until October 2018, subject to conditions and review. Like all fishing operations in Commonwealth managed fisheries, any mid-water pair trawling operation will be subject to strict rules and conditions. This decision was made after considering the best …

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Turtley great way to educate on marine pollution

Turtles are a treasured part of our marine environment, so it is fitting that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) recently commissioned a piece of ghost net artwork featuring a turtle for its Darwin office to start a conversation around marine debris and abandoned fishing gear. In recent years, indigenous Australian artists have caught the world’s attention by turning ghost …

Casting a wide net to catch illegal fishers

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston Canberra is hosting talks between ASEAN and Australian civil military-police leaders this week as part of a workshop to discuss multi-national cooperation on combatting illegal fishing in the region. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, welcomed the leaders from Australia’s ASEAN neighbours and said she looked …

AFMA welcomes inaugural Seafood Industry Australia CEO

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes Ms Jane Lovell as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Seafood Industry Australia (SIA).  SIA’s mission is to Promote, protect and develop the Australian seafood industry on the national and international level. Ms Lovell brings to the role a wealth of experience from her extensive work within the natural resources sector, including fisheries, to pursue this mission. AFMA’s …

Seabird protection nothing to squawk at

Diverse species of seabirds thrive in Australia’s marine environment, and today, Threatened Species Day, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is highlighting the work being done to protect these majestic animals. Threatened Species Day is a national day held annually on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936. On this …

Improving catch data to better manage Torres Strait fisheries

From 1 December 2017, the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is implementing a Fish Receiver System (FRS) to improve data collection in commercial Torres Strait fisheries. This new mandatory system will replace the current Torres Strait Seafood Buyers and Processors Docket Book. Under the FRS, commercial fishers operating in all Torres Strait fisheries, except prawn, will only be permitted to …

Australia, Vietnam increase cooperation on illegal fishing

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Australia and Vietnam will increase the level of cooperation between the two countries in an effort to combat illegal fishing in the Asia Pacific region. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture …

Fisheries and environment are winners with new AFMA office at Lakes Entrance​

Joint media release from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Member for Gippsland & South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association  The future of commercial fishing in East Gippsland will be better secured and environmental outcomes enhanced when the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) opens its new office at Lakes Entrance early next year. ​Deputy …

There’s nothing fishy about science

What do Commonwealth fisheries management, the mobile phone, and air travel all have in common? Through continuous innovation and science based decisions all have dramatically changed for the better over the last thirty years. With National Science Week starting tomorrow, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is encouraging seafood lovers to recognise the importance of science in having a healthy …

AFMA to open Lakes Entrance office

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will be expanding its presence in Lakes Entrance with a regional office set to open in early 2018. In making the announcement, AFMA Chair, Helen Kroger said that the decision was made after successfully trialling a Lakes Entrance based Liaison Officer for the last two years. “Since 2015 AFMA, in conjunction with the South …

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Eye of the tiger… prawn

While Rocky Balboa caused many to have the catchy tune ‘Eye of the tiger’ stuck in their heads, another type of tiger will soon be the winner as the 2017 tiger prawn season kicks off today. Caught in Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), tiger prawns can be enjoyed in countless ways all year round, with favourites including roasted tiger prawns in …

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Successful multi-lateral operation targets illegal foreign fishers

Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force Officers from Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), have boarded six foreign fishing vessels in the Western Pacific Ocean and identified 13 potential breaches during an 11-day operation focussing on illegal fishers. Operation …

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Happy as clams – best scallop season in 15 years!

The Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery season starts today, and with potentially the best season in more than 15 years on its way, you too will be as happy as a clam tucking into a feast of scallops from this fishery. After an ex-shell-ent season in 2016, 2017 is set to be another pearler with an initial total catch limit …

Chinese authorities impose penalties against illegal fishing operators

The Turnbull Government welcomes the news that Chinese authorities have taken action against the operator of the Chinese fishing vessel Yuan Da 19 which were found to be fishing illegally in our waters. Chinese authorities have terminated all of the company’s fishing licences and banned it from engaging in deep sea fishing activities as well as imposing a USD $300,000 …

Pacific fisheries ministers touch down in Australia to talk tuna

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Fisheries ministers from across the Pacific have converged on Mooloolaba, Queensland today to meet about the future of critical tuna fisheries. ​Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said the 14th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial Meeting would discuss the sustainable management of fisheries in the Pacific, particularly tuna …

Helen Kroger appointed AFMA Chair

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes Ms Helen Kroger, as the new Chair of AFMA’s Commission. AFMA’s Deputy Chair, Ms Catherine Cooper said that she and other AFMA Commissioners along with AFMA’s staff look forward to working with Ms Kroger over the next five years. “Ms Kroger brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership into the role from holding …

New AFMA Chairperson appointed

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Ms Helen Kroger has been appointed AFMA Chairperson. Ms Kroger replaces outgoing Chairperson the Hon. Norman Moore AM. Ms Kroger’s appointment is for the next five years starting 1 July 2017. The Australian Government has announced the appointment of Ms Helen Kroger as the new Chairperson of the Australian Fisheries …

Illegal fishers caught and fined

Doing the wrong thing has consequences as two South Australian fishermen recently found out in the Naracoorte Magistrates Court when they were convicted by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) for breaching Commonwealth fisheries regulations. Mr David Brooks was charged with covering a mandatory on board electronic monitoring camera on the vessel Gabo Bay.  Electronic monitoring was introduced by AFMA …

Wild caught prawns a winner this winter

With great catches of banana prawns this season in the Commonwealth Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), expect to see a continued good supply of this tasty crustacean in seafood retailers and supermarkets across Australia. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) CEO, Dr James Findlay, said this was great news for lovers of sustainable seafood. “Not only do banana prawns taste great, but …

Launch of peak Australian seafood body

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston Australia has a peak national body for the seafood industry – Seafood Industry Australia. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, launched Seafood Industry Australia in Adelaide today, delivering yet another Coalition government election promise. “We have been working closely with the commercial seafood sector to establish …

Turning the tide on marine pollution

As a country surrounded by water, it is no surprise that Australians have a close relationship with the ocean, and there has never been a better time to celebrate all that oceans bring to the Australian way of life, including great tasting Australian seafood, than today, World Oceans Day.   The theme this year, Our Oceans, Our Future, strongly aligns …

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