Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended near Saumarez Reef

Joint media release from Department of Immigration and Border Protection and The Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF) working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) apprehended a foreign fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The Vietnamese …

Illegal foreign fishers convicted

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority The last week has seen illegal fishers from two separate fishing vessels convicted of exploiting Australia’s marine resources after investigations by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). On Friday 25 November 2016, 16 Vietnamese illegal foreign fishers appeared before the Darwin Magistrates Court. They were …

Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended off Gladstone

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), apprehended a foreign fishing vessel (FFV) on 19 November 2016 suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The Vietnamese fishing vessel was detected …

Update to AFMA’s draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement for 2016-17

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is required to use a Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) to determine how to charge for activities it delivers to its stakeholders. Stakeholders include the commercial fishing industry, government, indigenous fishers, environmental organisations, and the Australian community. AFMA is currently using its 2010 CRIS for cost recovery.  It has recently been reviewed and a …

Indonesian fishing vessel apprehended 150 nautical miles off Darwin

Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF) working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Defence Force, apprehended a foreign fishing vessel on 22 November 2016 suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The Indonesian fishing vessel was detected near Croker Island, approximately 150 nautical miles north-east of …

Departure of the Geelong Star from Australian waters

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) can confirm that the mid-water trawler, the Geelong Star which has been operating in Australia waters since April 2015, is no longer under Australian jurisdiction. Enquiries about the decision to leave Australian waters or future fishing operations of the Geelong Star, should be directed to the operator. The Geelong Star is not currently subject …

Illegal foreign fishers plead guilty

Deterring illegal fishing within Australian waters is imperative to ensuring the ongoing sustainability of Australia’s maritime resources for future generations. On Friday 18 November 2016, two Indonesian illegal foreign fishers appeared before the Darwin Magistrates Court, after being apprehended approximately 175 nautical miles north-west of Darwin on 27 October 2016. The master of the vessel pleaded guilty to, and was …

Commonwealth fisheries deliver great value for Australia

Media release form the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources On a day where we celebrate fisheries around the world, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, says Australia’s wild caught fisheries continue to thrive with data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) showing a 25 per cent increase in …

World Fisheries Day recognising reel action

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Australian fisheries are some of the best managed across the globe and on today, World Fisheries Day, the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston is encouraging all Australians to celebrate all that the Commonwealth fisheries contribute to the community. “World Fisheries Day is a perfect opportunity to …

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World Fisheries Day

Fish don’t need a passport to cross into international waters making fisheries management on a global level essential in helping to ensure healthy fisheries for current and future generations to enjoy. Today is World Fisheries Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of the sea around us and the lives it sustains, both in and …

Indonesian fishing vessel detected near Browse Island

Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Defence Force, apprehended an Indonesian foreign fishing vessel on 15 November 2016 suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The fishing vessel was first spotted by an MBC aircraft during a surveillance flight. Australian Border Force Cutter …

Don’t catch birds, baffle them instead

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has released a new video demonstrating how to construct the bycatch reduction device known as the ‘bird baffler’. The device has been trialled and shown to significantly reduce the number of seabird mortalities during fishing operations. From the start of next year’s trawl fishing season (1 May 2017), AFMA is implementing new arrangements around …

53rd AFMA Commission meeting Chairman’s Summary

The Commission met in Melbourne on 26-27 October 2016. This was the first Commission meeting since the appointment (Ms Renata Brooks) and reappointment (Mr Richard Stevens, Prof Keith Sainsbury and Mr Ian Cartwright) process in September 2016. Key decisions taken by the Commission at its meeting included: ERA/ERM Revitalisation Project AFMA has been progressing the Ecological Risk Management (the ERM …

Indonesian fishing vessel detected off Cape Londonderry

Joint statement Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multiagency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF) working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Defence Force, apprehended an Indonesian foreign fishing vessel on 6 November 2016 that was suspected of illegally fishing in …

Getting out of the red – Redfish Rebuilding Strategy 2016-2021

To help increase the redfish stock, AFMA has released the Redfish Rebuilding Strategy 2016 – 2021. Redfish (Centroberyx affinis or sometimes known as nannygai) are found in south eastern Australia and are a popular eating species. Large catches of redfish were landed in the south-east during the 1980s and 1990s. In more recent years catches have declined and a stock …

Illegal foreign fishing vessel apprehended off Gladstone

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) apprehended a Vietnamese fishing vessel on Thursday 3 November 2016 near the Saumarez Reefs; about 180 nautical miles (nm) north east of Gladstone, Queensland. An MBC surveillance aircraft spotted …

Ghost net removal saves marine wildlife

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Fisheries Management Authority Marine wildlife, including a critically endangered sea turtle, have been rescued after another successful ghost net location and retrieval by Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF). It’s the second time in seven days that MBC has located and removed a large ghost …

Protected Species Strategy for Seabirds takes off

Minimising interactions with seabirds during fishing operations is a priority for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) as is assisting the Commonwealth fishing industry to meet the requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in relation to seabird interactions. AFMA works with scientists and seabird experts, conservation groups, government agencies and both the recreational and commercial fishing sectors …

Bycatch handling – know your responsibilities

A healthy marine environment is fundamental to sustainable fisheries, this means managing the impact of fishing is a pivotal part of fisheries management. In line with this, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is committed to improving handling practices for bycatch species caught during fishing operations. To further ensure that fishers use best practice when handling bycatch, AFMA has recently …

Ghost net removed from Australian waters north of Darwin

Joint media release Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority A joint operation by Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has seen the retrieval of a significant abandoned fishing net, commonly referred to as a ghost net, from Australia’s northern waters. The ghost net was sighted …

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Update to AFMA’s draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement for 2016-17

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is required to use a Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) to determine how to charge for activities it delivers to its stakeholders. Stakeholders include the commercial fishing industry, government, indigenous fishers, environmental organisations, and the Australian community. AFMA is currently using its 2010 CRIS for cost recovery.  It has recently been reviewed and a …

Departure of the Geelong Star from Australian waters

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) can confirm that the mid-water trawler, the Geelong Star which has been operating in Australia waters since April 2015, is no longer under Australian jurisdiction. Enquiries about the decision to leave Australian waters or future fishing operations of the Geelong Star, should be directed to the operator. The Geelong Star is not currently subject …

Don’t catch birds, baffle them instead

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has released a new video demonstrating how to construct the bycatch reduction device known as the ‘bird baffler’. The device has been trialled and shown to significantly reduce the number of seabird mortalities during fishing operations. From the start of next year’s trawl fishing season (1 May 2017), AFMA is implementing new arrangements around …

Getting out of the red – Redfish Rebuilding Strategy 2016-2021

To help increase the redfish stock, AFMA has released the Redfish Rebuilding Strategy 2016 – 2021. Redfish (Centroberyx affinis or sometimes known as nannygai) are found in south eastern Australia and are a popular eating species. Large catches of redfish were landed in the south-east during the 1980s and 1990s. In more recent years catches have declined and a stock …

Bycatch handling – know your responsibilities

A healthy marine environment is fundamental to sustainable fisheries, this means managing the impact of fishing is a pivotal part of fisheries management. In line with this, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is committed to improving handling practices for bycatch species caught during fishing operations. To further ensure that fishers use best practice when handling bycatch, AFMA has recently …

Revised Geelong Star Vessel Management Plan

All midwater trawl vessels fishing in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) must have a Vessel Management Plan (VMP) approved by AFMA before they start fishing. This is a legal requirement and is a condition on the fishing concession to allow operators to fish within the fishery. A review of the VMP for the FV Geelong Star was recently completed. The …

FRDC releases new science

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) has today released three reports related to seismic surveys and the fishing industry: Optimising processes and policy to minimise business and operational impacts of seismic surveys on the fishing industry and oil and gas industry Potential short-term impacts of marine seismic surveys on scallops in the Gippsland Basin Assessing the impact of marine …

AFMA Commissioner appointments

Media release The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes new Commissioner Renata Brooks to the independent AFMA Commission. Ms Brooks has been appointed until 30 June 2019. In welcoming Ms Brooks, AFMA’s Chairman, Mr Norman Moore AM, acknowledged her extensive experience in natural resource management, including as Deputy Director General Land and Natural Resources in the New South Wales Department …

Commonwealth fisheries going swimmingly

Media release Commonwealth fisheries have taken a hat-trick for sustainability with the latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) Fishery status reports 2016 showing that for the third year in a row, no fishery solely managed by the Commonwealth is subject to overfishing. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) acting CEO, Dr Nick Rayns said the reports …

New science released by FRDC

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) has today released the report, Critical knowledge gaps: estimating potential maximum cumulative anthropogenic mortality limits of key marine mammal species to inform management. The report assesses known information about a range of marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and dolphins.  The report provides expert advice on population status of these marine mammals …

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Illegal fishing will not be tolerated

Joint media release: Australian Border Force and Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have apprehended a foreign fishing vessel, believed to be Vietnamese, on Saturday (3 September), suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The vessel was intercepted near Dianne Bank, approximately 250 nautical miles …

From inland frost to fishing

Last week, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) Andrew Trappett shared his experiences about his time as the inaugural South East Trawl Industry Association (SETFIA) Liaison Officer.  AFMA now introduces Liaison Officer Danait Ghebrezgabhier who has now left the balmy, warm winter of Canberra to take up the role in Lakes Entrance following Andrew’s successful tenure of this position over the …

Call for comment: Strategic Assessment Report for the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery

The Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) in accordance with provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC ACT) has released a draft Strategic Assessment Report for the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery. The draft Strategic Assessment Report describes the current status of the fishery and provides information on the proposed management arrangements under the draft Torres …

Liaison at Lakes

Last year the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), together with the South East Trawl Industry Association (SETFIA) created an Industry Liaison Officer position to help develop and work on projects involving both industry and AFMA.  AFMA Senior Management Officer Andrew Trappett was the inaugural officer and has returned to the AFMA Canberra office after spending over a year in Lakes …

Scallop on down!

Expect to see an abundance of Australian scallops in seafood retailers from next week with the opening of the Commonwealth Scallop Fishery in Bass Strait today. With the catch limit set at 3000 tonnes for this season, the highest the fishery has seen in six years, there should be plenty of these juicy delights in local seafood shops for you …

Orange roughy research off eastern Tasmania

To ensure that sustainable commercial catch limits continue to be set for orange roughy, CSIRO scientists onboard the FV Empress Pearl have been conducting research off eastern Tasmania to measure the amount of orange roughy stock. Orange roughy were heavily harvested during the 1980s and early 1990s to the point where catches had to be reduced.  The commercial fishery off …

Pre-season briefings for Tiger Prawn season

The tiger prawn season officially opens on 1 August 2016 in the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF). To ensure all operators are up to date with the NPF requirements the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will be attending key ports to conduct pre-season briefings in late July. Operators are encouraged to attend the briefings with AFMA Fisheries Officers, Management Staff, representatives …

AFMA moves to strengthen seabird safety

Being followed by an albatross is considered to bring good luck to mariners but the birds themselves aren’t always so lucky when trying to pick up a free feed from fishing boats. To better protect seabirds from fishing gear, AFMA has been working with the fishing industry to develop new devices for fishers to use. Following successful sea trials of …

Do you know why Aussie fish and chips are the best?

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) can report that Australia’s number one choice for fish and chips – gummy shark (flake) – has had a bumper season. Commercial fishers in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery reported a 14 percent increase in catch compared to the previous season, netting over 90 percent of the total allowable catch (TAC) …

More mahi mahi for fishers and seafood lovers

There’s great news for the fishing industry and seafood consumers now that more mahi mahi can now be landed and sold by operators in the Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery (WTBF). The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has assessed mahi mahi as low risk at current catch levels through its rigorous Ecological Risk Assessment process and has since been working …

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Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended near Saumarez Reef

Joint media release from Department of Immigration and Border Protection and The Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF) working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) apprehended a foreign fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The Vietnamese …

Illegal foreign fishers convicted

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority The last week has seen illegal fishers from two separate fishing vessels convicted of exploiting Australia’s marine resources after investigations by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). On Friday 25 November 2016, 16 Vietnamese illegal foreign fishers appeared before the Darwin Magistrates Court. They were …

Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended off Gladstone

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), apprehended a foreign fishing vessel (FFV) on 19 November 2016 suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The Vietnamese fishing vessel was detected …

Indonesian fishing vessel apprehended 150 nautical miles off Darwin

Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF) working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Defence Force, apprehended a foreign fishing vessel on 22 November 2016 suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The Indonesian fishing vessel was detected near Croker Island, approximately 150 nautical miles north-east of …

Illegal foreign fishers plead guilty

Deterring illegal fishing within Australian waters is imperative to ensuring the ongoing sustainability of Australia’s maritime resources for future generations. On Friday 18 November 2016, two Indonesian illegal foreign fishers appeared before the Darwin Magistrates Court, after being apprehended approximately 175 nautical miles north-west of Darwin on 27 October 2016. The master of the vessel pleaded guilty to, and was …

Commonwealth fisheries deliver great value for Australia

Media release form the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources On a day where we celebrate fisheries around the world, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, says Australia’s wild caught fisheries continue to thrive with data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) showing a 25 per cent increase in …

World Fisheries Day recognising reel action

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Australian fisheries are some of the best managed across the globe and on today, World Fisheries Day, the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston is encouraging all Australians to celebrate all that the Commonwealth fisheries contribute to the community. “World Fisheries Day is a perfect opportunity to …

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World Fisheries Day

Fish don’t need a passport to cross into international waters making fisheries management on a global level essential in helping to ensure healthy fisheries for current and future generations to enjoy. Today is World Fisheries Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of the sea around us and the lives it sustains, both in and …

Indonesian fishing vessel detected near Browse Island

Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Defence Force, apprehended an Indonesian foreign fishing vessel on 15 November 2016 suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The fishing vessel was first spotted by an MBC aircraft during a surveillance flight. Australian Border Force Cutter …

Illegal foreign fishing vessel apprehended off Gladstone

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) apprehended a Vietnamese fishing vessel on Thursday 3 November 2016 near the Saumarez Reefs; about 180 nautical miles (nm) north east of Gladstone, Queensland. An MBC surveillance aircraft spotted …

Ghost net removal saves marine wildlife

Joint media release Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Fisheries Management Authority Marine wildlife, including a critically endangered sea turtle, have been rescued after another successful ghost net location and retrieval by Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF). It’s the second time in seven days that MBC has located and removed a large ghost …

Ghost net removed from Australian waters north of Darwin

Joint media release Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority A joint operation by Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has seen the retrieval of a significant abandoned fishing net, commonly referred to as a ghost net, from Australia’s northern waters. The ghost net was sighted …

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Indonesian fishing vessel apprehended off Darwin

Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have apprehended an Indonesian fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing off the coast of the Northern Territory yesterday morning. The vessel was first spotted by an MBC aircraft during a surveillance flight. HMAS Maryborough responded to the sighting and after a short pursuit, …

Reel-y good time to celebrate Australia’s sustainable fisheries

Media release Fishing, be it commercial or recreational, is an integral part of the Australian economy and lifestyle, and with Sunday 16 October being the inaugural Gone Fishing Day there has never been a better time to celebrate our Australian fisheries. Across Australia, events and workshops are being held to encourage people to ‘wet a line’ and enjoy all that …

Ghost net retrieval, a work of art

Joint media release: Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Immigration and Border Protection Following a joint operation by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF), a large ghost net has been removed from the Arafura Sea, north-east of Darwin. The abandoned gillnet was sighted by Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Byron …

Wild ling – you make our hearts sing

Media release It’s Friday. It’s been a long week. You’re tired. The thought of cooking makes you cringe. You pick up the take-away menu and think, ‘What am I going to order?’ All of sudden you see it on the menu – Australian pink ling. And you know that’s the answer! Not only will pink ling taste great tonight as …

AFMA Commissioner appointments

Media release The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes new Commissioner Renata Brooks to the independent AFMA Commission. Ms Brooks has been appointed until 30 June 2019. In welcoming Ms Brooks, AFMA’s Chairman, Mr Norman Moore AM, acknowledged her extensive experience in natural resource management, including as Deputy Director General Land and Natural Resources in the New South Wales Department …

Commonwealth fisheries going swimmingly

Media release Commonwealth fisheries have taken a hat-trick for sustainability with the latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) Fishery status reports 2016 showing that for the third year in a row, no fishery solely managed by the Commonwealth is subject to overfishing. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) acting CEO, Dr Nick Rayns said the reports …

Illegal PNG Foreign Fishing Vessel intercepted

Joint media release: Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority In a major hit to illegal fishing in Australian waters, Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have apprehended a foreign fishing vessel on Thursday 22 September 2016. The Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Byron boarded a …

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Foreign fish poachers convicted

Joint media release: Australian Border Force and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority Those who seek to fish illegally in Australian waters will think twice after today’s conviction of 16 illegal foreign fishermen. The Vietnamese master was convicted on two charges related to illegal fishing and received a suspended sentence of two months for each count with a 24 month good …

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