Commonwealth fisherman banned for 10 years

Media release Former Port Fairy fisherman Gary Robinson has been banned for a decade from commercial fishing in Commonwealth waters for lying to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) about his catch. Appearing in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court last week, Mr Robinson, former master of the fishing vessel Western Light, was charged for under-declaring the amount of school shark he ...

New guide to developing new seabird mitigation devices in trawl fisheries

AFMA has released a new Guide to developing new seabird mitigation devices in trawl fisheries. The guide aims to make it easier for trawl operators to trial new seabird mitigation devices to reduce seabird interactions and improve operational efficiencies and crew safety. All otter board trawlers operating in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) have a Seabird ...

Seeking your comments on the statutory fishing rights price collection project

AFMA is looking at collecting price information on transferred and leased quota and gear statutory fishing rights (SFRs). Collecting the price of SFRs will provide AFMA with a greater insight of how our decisions impact on the market for SFRs and allow us to reduce the regulatory burden it has on fishing businesses through better decision making. AFMA has written to ...

AFMA strengthens marine mammal protection in the Small Pelagic Fishery

Media release The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has strengthened marine mammal protection in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF), putting in place additional measures in the vessel management plan (VMP) for all mid-water trawl vessels operating in the fishery. Vessel management plans specify the detailed operational requirements to minimise risks to the marine environment and all SPF mid-water trawl vessels ...

45th AFMA Commission meeting Chairman’s summary

The 45th AFMA Commission meeting was held in February 2015, below is a summary from the Chairman, Norman Moore. The Commission met in Port Lincoln on 25 to 26 February 2015, reflecting its intention to hold the majority of its meetings in fishing ports. To this end Commissioners met with fishing operators, undertook a field visit to tuna and kingfish farming ...

Geelong Star Vessel Management Plan

All mid-water trawl vessels in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery must have a vessel management plan approved by AFMA before they start fishing.  This is a legal requirement. A vessel management plan is a comprehensive boat-specific plan to minimise the risk of interactions with protected species (e.g. seabirds, seals and dolphins). Vessel management plans contain both recommendations and mandatory measures that ...

Small Pelagic Fishery – FAQs

Upcoming activities Upcoming activities in the fishery What is AFMA doing to work with stakeholders on the management of the Small Pelagic Fishery? What is the current status of the Geelong Star? Latest science What is being done in preparation for the 2015-16 season? Is there any new data being used to set sustainable catch limits in the Small Pelagic ...

Aussie Seafood – an egg-cellent choice this Easter!

Media release With Easter now not far away, AFMA is encouraging people to hop into their local fish shop or supermarket and purchase Aussie seafood to enjoy this weekend. “Easter is one of the busiest weekends for fishmongers and takeaway shops across Australia,” AFMA Chair, the Hon Norman Moore said. “With our top-notch, sustainable Commonwealth fisheries, when you’re making your ...

Geelong Star meets AFMA requirements on arrival into Australia

Media release Today (1 April 2015) officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) met and inspected the Geelong Star, the mid-water trawl vessel nominated by Seafish Tasmania Pty Ltd in the Small Pelagic Fishery, upon its arrival into the port of Albany, Western Australia. Officers from AFMA’s Bycatch and Compliance units conducted a detailed inspection of the vessel. AFMA ...

AFMA inspect the Geelong Star

On 1 April 2015, AFMA Compliance and Bycatch Officers inspected the Geelong Star, the mid-water trawl vessel recently nominated by Seafish Tasmania Pty Ltd in the Small Pelagic Fishery. AFMA Compliance Officers confirmed the vessel met AFMA’s conditions for entry of fishing vessels to Australia and that AFMA’s tamper-proof, GPS-based vessel tracking system was correctly installed and fully operational.  The ...

Fishing for the latest in design

Media release To help encourage innovative thinking in the next generation of fisheries managers and marine engineers, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) together with the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA) are funding a fishing gear design competition for students at the University of Tasmania’s Australian Maritime College (AMC) and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). While ...

Second Small Pelagic Fishery stakeholder forum

On Tuesday, 24 March 2015 a second forum for recreational fishing and conservation stakeholders was held in Hobart ...

Australian prawns and smoked salmon with creamy penne and roasted tomatoes (serves 3-4)

Recipe Ingredients 18 - 24 prawns, peeled and deveined (number depends on size of prawns, but about 6 per serve) 150ml cream Extra virgin olive oil 4-6 cloves of fresh Australian garlic – peeled and finely chopped Dry penne (100g per serve) Half punnet of cherry or around 10 small roma tomatoes - halved 1 baby fennel bulb – finely ...

Capacity building helps South East Asia close the net on illegal fishing

Illegal Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishers who have landed catch and resupplied their vessels in South East Asia are feeling the squeeze as South East Asian countries rapidly build capacity in inspection capability and information sharing. As part of building this capacity AFMA was invited and funded by Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to deliver training as part of ...

AFMA’s vessel monitoring system assists in netting Commonwealth Marine Reserve prosecutions

Over the last couple of months, serious penalties have been handed down to a number of commercial fishing operators for illegal fishing in Commonwealth Marine Reserves (CMR).  These offences have been detected with the use of AFMA’s vessel monitoring system (VMS) and aerial surveillance.  AFMA and Parks Australia work very closely together to monitor areas closed to protect the marine ...