Joint Australia/Indonesia illegal fishing patrol a success

Joint media release: Australian Border Force and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority A joint operation by the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Australia’s northern waters, concluded today with the arrival of two Indonesian patrol vessels into Darwin …

A gene-ius way to count fish

It is National Science Week so let’s celebrate the inspiring work of our scientists and the important role science and technology plays in understanding our fisheries. Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans – the sheer size and volume of our oceans means they are our final frontier. Did you know that Australia has the third largest …

Latest National Compliance and Enforcement Program released

Compliance, enforcement and monitoring is a pivotal part of management of Commonwealth fisheries.  The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) applies a risk based, intelligence driven approach to targeting its compliance resources in the right areas. The National Compliance and Enforcement Program for 2016-17, outlining the main areas for attention this year, has now been released. AFMA has a comprehensive monitoring …

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Multilateral cooperation to combat illegal fishing

Joint media release: Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force  Australia’s engagement with its international partners to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has again been showcased during Operation Nasse, a multilateral maritime surveillance operation involving France, New Zealand and the United States of America. Over the past three weeks, officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) …

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 …

Capacity building at grass roots level

Capacity building with our regional partners is a pivotal part of fisheries management.  To help develop our region’s future fisheries managers, on 21-22 July 2016 AFMA hosted 25 Indonesian students undertaking a Sustainable Fisheries Management Course run by the Monash University. The students were government officials from various areas within the Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries. The  two-week Monash …

Recognition of AFMA’s work to combat illegal fishing

In Australia, efforts to deter illegal fishing are not the exclusive jurisdiction of just one agency. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) works closely with other Australian and state government agencies, in additional to our international counterparts, to combat illegal fishing. This multi-agency effort secures the future of Australia’s fisheries resources as well as resources that straddle or migrate across …

Illegal foreign fishers convicted

Joint media release from The Hon Peter Dutton Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and Senator the Hon Anne Ruston Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing will not be tolerated in Australian waters, as demonstrated by the recent conviction of 26 Vietnamese foreign fishermen who were found illegally fishing in Australian waters last …

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) …

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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 …

Thank you Les – a great contributor to Sub-Antarctic fisheries

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) would like to say a big thank you to one of AFMA’s longest-serving Committee members, Les Scott. Based in Tasmania, Les has been an industry member on the Sub-Antarctic Resource Assessment Group (SARAG) (formerly SAFAG) and the Sub-Antarctic Fisheries Management Advisory Committee (SouthMAC) since the inception of these groups in 1997 and 1998 respectively. …

Response to images released by Stop the Trawler Alliance

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is aware of images released by the Stop the Trawler Alliance claiming to show the Geelong Star’s interaction with a whale shark on 11 February 2016. AFMA has reviewed the images and confirms the first image is of the whale shark and is consistent with the information that AFMA has previously released on the …

Extension of public comment period for Geelong Star Vessel Management Plan

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has extended the public comment period for the Vessel Management Plan (VMP) for the Geelong Star by two weeks to allow more time for comments to be submitted. Comments are now due by 11 July 2016. Comments can be made by going to AFMA’s website www.afma.gov.au. AFMA will consider public comments prior to finalising the revised …

Beyond Sustainable to Carbon Neutral

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) congratulates Austral Fisheries on selling its first carbon neutral catch. After becoming carbon neutral certified in April 2016, Austral Fisheries recently sold the first ever carbon neutral unload for Marine Stewardship Council certified Heard and McDonald Islands Toothfish in an auction to China and the USA. AFMA’s CEO, Dr James Findlay, said that it …

Environmental crime and illegal fishing

Illegal fishing is once again in the spotlight following a United Nations Development Program (UNEP) and INTERPOL Rapid Response Assessment looking at the rise of Environmental Crime including transnational organised environmental crime and the illegal trade in natural resources – The rise of environmental crime. The report includes illegal fisheries, which it estimates to cause a loss of resources of …

Public comment open on Geelong Star revised draft Vessel Management Plan

  The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has recently reviewed the Vessel Management Plan (VMP) for the Geelong Star and is now releasing this revised draft VMP for public comment. This VMP is a boat-specific statutory requirement which sets out what the Geelong Star must do to minimise the risk of interactions with protected species (e.g. seabirds, seals and dolphins) …

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Joint Australia/Indonesia illegal fishing patrol a success

Joint media release: Australian Border Force and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority A joint operation by the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Australia’s northern waters, concluded today with the arrival of two Indonesian patrol vessels into Darwin …

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Multilateral cooperation to combat illegal fishing

Joint media release: Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force  Australia’s engagement with its international partners to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has again been showcased during Operation Nasse, a multilateral maritime surveillance operation involving France, New Zealand and the United States of America. Over the past three weeks, officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) …

Illegal foreign fishers convicted

Joint media release from The Hon Peter Dutton Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and Senator the Hon Anne Ruston Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing will not be tolerated in Australian waters, as demonstrated by the recent conviction of 26 Vietnamese foreign fishermen who were found illegally fishing in Australian waters last …

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 …

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 …

Call for comment on draft Tropical Rock Lobster Management Plan

The Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) has released the draft Torres Strait Fishery (Quotas for Tropical Rock Lobster (Kaiar)) Management Plan 2016 (the draft Plan) for public comment. The Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery is the most valuable fishery in the Torres Strait and the PZJA is encouraging all stakeholders to have a say in how the fishery is managed. The …

Illegal foreign fishers found guilty

Joint media release: Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia Thirty Vietnamese foreign fishermen from two separate vessels pleaded guilty and were convicted for breaking Australian fisheries and environmental laws in Darwin Magistrates Court last Friday after being caught illegally fishing in waters off North Queensland. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) conducted an investigation which resulted …

Illegal fishers intercepted in coral sea

Joint media release from The Hon Peter Dutton Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator The Hon Marise Payne for Defence and Senator the Hon Anne Ruston Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. Two foreign fishing vessels have been towed into Cairns by HMAS Wollongong after being apprehended in the Coral Sea off Far North Queensland. The boats were …

A world of reasons to eat Aussie seafood

Today is World Oceans Day and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is encouraging people to celebrate everything that our oceans bring to the Australian community, including a healthy supply of fresh, and importantly, sustainable seafood and abundant recreational fishing opportunities. Across our nation and in many regional communities, fishing plays a significant and growing part of many people’s lives. …

Illegal foreign fishing vessels apprehended in the Coral Sea

Joint media release: Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia Two foreign fishing vessels believed to be Vietnamese were apprehended on Thursday in waters off north Queensland for suspected illegal fishing in Australian waters. Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF), made the apprehensions off Lihou reef in the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve, …

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Ghost net retrieved from northern Australian waters

Joint media release between the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force Following a joint operation by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force, five tonnes of ghost net has been removed from the Arafura Sea, north-east of Darwin. The abandoned gillnet was sighted by MBC aircraft approximately 135 nautical …

Communiqué – Protected Zone Joint Authority Meeting 25

The Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) held its 25th meeting on Friday, 29 April 2016. The meeting was attended by the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston, Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson and Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority Mr Joseph Elu AO (via teleconference). The PZJA is responsible for the management of …

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Fillet Finder nets inaugural Australian Fishackathon prize

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston has congratulated team Fillet Finder for taking out the Australian prize in the inaugural Australian Fishackathon held over the weekend. Sponsored by the Commonwealth’s fisheries regulator, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Fishackathon is a global initiative of the US Department …

Illegal foreign fishers charged

Seven foreign fishermen were convicted in the Darwin Magistrates Court yesterday for illegally fishing in Australian waters.  Penalties for the fisherman included fines totalling $7 000 and good behaviour bonds.  Their boats were also confiscated and destroyed. Three separate cases were heard before the court in relation to breaches of Australia’s fishing rules and regulations off the coasts of Queensland …

Fishackathon hits Australian shores this weekend

Australia’s first ever Fishackathon 2016 hits Australian shores this weekend as participants and mentors get set to tackle serious issues facing fisheries and marine resources around the world. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is proudly partnering on this event being held at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), which currently has 40 participants signed up to take part. …

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