Lakes based officer reflects on first six months

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has had a Liaison Officer with the South East Trawl Industry Association (SETFIA) based Lakes Entrance since 2015.  This position was created by AFMA and SETFIA to help develop and work on projects that benefit both industry and AFMA. AFMA’s current officer, Danait Ghebrezgabhier takes a look back at her six months so far. …

Vessel monitoring in the Torres Strait

From 1 July 2017, the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is improving vessel monitoring in the Torres Strait.  All primary boats (boats that tow tenders) and licenced carrier boats will be required to have an AFMA approved Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) unit installed. VMS use a combination of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and satellite communications to transmit and receive …

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AFMA’s new school of fish

At the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) we just love our graduates. Each year participants of the AFMA Graduate Program partake in three rotations across AFMA and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Today we introduce one of our graduates, Elisa Plati, who is spending her first rotation in the Foreign Compliance Policy Section of AFMA’s Fisheries Operations Branch. …

Two Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels apprehended in the Coral Sea

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia. Two Vietnamese fishing vessels and their crew of 29 men suspected of illegally fishing near Saumarez reef in the Coral Sea marine park have been apprehended. Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management …

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Dr Alex Caveen from Seafish UK visit to AFMA

Readers of AFMA News may be aware that AFMA regularly hears from international guest speakers on the latest of fisheries management in their country. In January Dr Alex Caveen from Seafish UK (a UK Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) set up by the Fisheries Act 1981 to improve efficiency and raise standards across the seafood industry) visited Australia for the first …

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International collaboration to improve fisheries management

International collaboration is just one way the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) demonstrates support for best practice in global fisheries management. During January, AFMA hosted fisheries officials from Indonesia and Chile with the aim to raise awareness of Australia’s whole of government approach towards sustainable fisheries management. Consistent with this approach, Australian Government agencies, including the Department of Agriculture and …

Where were you 25 years ago?

Those following the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) on Facebook will be aware that on Friday, 3 February 2017, AFMA celebrated our 25th birthday! We thought we would take AFMA News subscribers on a trip down memory lane (for those of us who were alive at the time anyway!) to remember what life was like back in 1992… So put on …

35% reduction in bycatch trial

Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources ​A new bycatch device has delivered impressive results that will improve the sustainability of fishing operations of wild catch prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, today met with the developer, Mr Kon Triantopoulos, and representatives of the Northern Prawn Fishery …

Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended at Lihou Reef

Joint media release Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia A Vietnamese fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters has been apprehended off the coast of Cairns. 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 Parks Australia apprehended …

Are you VMS compliant?

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) help the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) monitor the position, course and speed of Commonwealth fishing vessels and are a key tool in ensuring compliance of the Commonwealth fishing fleet. AFMA monitors VMS compliance rates at the individual boat level, and across the whole fleet. When the fleet-wide compliance rate drops below a certain level in …

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Want to know more about the USA’s oldest fishery?

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is always interested about hearing the latest news in fisheries management from both within Australia and globally. Last month, United States (US) based fishing technology and fish behaviour research scientist Steve Eayrs dropped by AFMA to share with staff an insightful presentation on his experience working with fisheries management and fishing technology in the USA. …

AFMA turns 25!!!!

What do the band Hanson and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have in common? Both were formed in 1992! That’s right, for a quarter of a century, AFMA has been regulating our Commonwealth fisheries, helping to ensure that current and future generations have a healthy supply of Australian seafood. AFMA was established on 3 February 1992 as the statutory …

Commonwealth and Western Australia working together for better fisheries management

Joint media release from The Hon Anne Ruston Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and the Hon Joe Francis WA Minister for Fisheries. Working across jurisdictional boundaries, the federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, together with Western Australia Fisheries Minister, Joe Francis today unveiled an agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australia realigning fisheries boundaries off …

Public comment extended – pair trawling application

Public submissions have now closed. The deadline for commenting on an application to pair trawl in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) has been extended to Friday, 10 February 2017. View the pair trawling application. Make a submission. On 8 December 2016 AFMA received an application to pair trawl using a midwater trawl net in the SPF for an initial …

AFMA annual public meeting 2017

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) annual public meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 March 2017 in Canberra. All stakeholders are invited to attend. This meeting gives stakeholders the opportunity to meet with AFMA Commissioners. Where: Australian Fisheries Management Authority, 6th Floor, 73 Northbourne Avenue, Civic, Canberra. Time: The meeting will commence at 9.30am and finish with morning tea …

Get hooked on AFMA’s Facebook page

Have you checked out AFMA’s Facebook page yet? AFMA is now in the social media world and will be regularly posting and sharing the latest information on Commonwealth fisheries management – not to mention sharing some of the fantastic images of this great Australian industry. Want a suggestion for Friday night’s dinner for ‘fish Friday’? Or perhaps see more of …

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Ex-shell-ent scallop catches this season!

With the best season in 15 years, there has never been a better time to enjoy succulent scallops from the Commonwealth Bass Strait Central Zone Fishery. Bass Strait scallops are caught commercially in Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria. While they can also be caught in coastal waters, the fishery in central Bass Strait is managed by the Australian Fisheries …

Recreational Member sought for South East Management Advisory Committee (SEMAC)

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for the position of Recreational Member on the South East Management Advisory Committee (SEMAC). A member for a term commencing February 2017 to 30 June 2019 in line with other SEMAC member appointments is required. Please contact Yvonne Zunic on (02) 6225 5432 or email Yvonne.Zunic@afma.gov.au for further information about the …

Nominations for the Board of Seafood Industry Australia close on Wednesday!

After a lot of hard work and commitment from the commercial seafood industry to establish a national peak body, nominations are now being sought for board members of the proposed Seafood Industry Australia body (SIA). This project is being supported by the Australian Government. More information, including how to nominate can be found on the United Seafood Industries website. Nominations close …

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of South Pacific regional fisheries

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources  Australia is hosting around 150 international delegates for the fifth Commission Meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), which continues today in Adelaide. In welcoming delegates to the meeting, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said the occasion provided an opportunity to engage with …

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Lakes based officer reflects on first six months

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has had a Liaison Officer with the South East Trawl Industry Association (SETFIA) based Lakes Entrance since 2015.  This position was created by AFMA and SETFIA to help develop and work on projects that benefit both industry and AFMA. AFMA’s current officer, Danait Ghebrezgabhier takes a look back at her six months so far. …

Vessel monitoring in the Torres Strait

From 1 July 2017, the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is improving vessel monitoring in the Torres Strait.  All primary boats (boats that tow tenders) and licenced carrier boats will be required to have an AFMA approved Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) unit installed. VMS use a combination of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and satellite communications to transmit and receive …

35% reduction in bycatch trial

Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources ​A new bycatch device has delivered impressive results that will improve the sustainability of fishing operations of wild catch prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, today met with the developer, Mr Kon Triantopoulos, and representatives of the Northern Prawn Fishery …

Are you VMS compliant?

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) help the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) monitor the position, course and speed of Commonwealth fishing vessels and are a key tool in ensuring compliance of the Commonwealth fishing fleet. AFMA monitors VMS compliance rates at the individual boat level, and across the whole fleet. When the fleet-wide compliance rate drops below a certain level in …

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Want to know more about the USA’s oldest fishery?

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is always interested about hearing the latest news in fisheries management from both within Australia and globally. Last month, United States (US) based fishing technology and fish behaviour research scientist Steve Eayrs dropped by AFMA to share with staff an insightful presentation on his experience working with fisheries management and fishing technology in the USA. …

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery 2017-18 total allowable catch recommendations

AFMA has published its 2017-18 total allowable catch (TAC) recommendations paper for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark fishery (SESSF). This paper outlines AFMA Management’s recommendations of TACs for species in the SESSF for the 2017-18 fishing year, commencing 1 May 2017. The paper was sent to all SESSF concession holders and other stakeholders, and provided an opportunity to review …

Commonwealth and Western Australia working together for better fisheries management

Joint media release from The Hon Anne Ruston Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and the Hon Joe Francis WA Minister for Fisheries. Working across jurisdictional boundaries, the federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, together with Western Australia Fisheries Minister, Joe Francis today unveiled an agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australia realigning fisheries boundaries off …

Public comment extended – pair trawling application

Public submissions have now closed. The deadline for commenting on an application to pair trawl in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) has been extended to Friday, 10 February 2017. View the pair trawling application. Make a submission. On 8 December 2016 AFMA received an application to pair trawl using a midwater trawl net in the SPF for an initial …

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Ex-shell-ent scallop catches this season!

With the best season in 15 years, there has never been a better time to enjoy succulent scallops from the Commonwealth Bass Strait Central Zone Fishery. Bass Strait scallops are caught commercially in Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria. While they can also be caught in coastal waters, the fishery in central Bass Strait is managed by the Australian Fisheries …

Not too late to have your say – pair trawling application

It’s not too late to have your say on an application to pair trawl (where two boats are used to fish using a trawl net) in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF). Submissions can be made at afma.gov.au and will close on 31 January 2017. View the pair trawling application Make a submission On 8 December 2016 AFMA received an …

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Santa comes early to Commonwealth fisheries

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) commends Commonwealth fishers for giving our marine resources a great early Christmas gift, a year with zero breaches for fishing in closed areas. Closed areas are off limits for a variety of reasons such as, protecting fragile ecosystems and particular species’ or restricting fishing at particular times of the year to allow for spawning. …

SPF Scientific Panel meeting, 15-16 December 2016

The Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) Scientific Panel met on 15-16 December 2016 in Hobart. Key items considered were: new economic research and management strategy evaluation (MSE) testing to inform the harvest rates used for setting total allowable catches (TAC) for the 2017-18 SPF fishing season which commences 1 May 2017 an application requesting a 12 month trial of pair trawling …

First meeting of the Commonwealth Fisheries Marine Mammal Working Group

The Commonwealth Fisheries Marine Mammal Working Group was recently established to provide advice to AFMA on interactions with marine mammals that occur in Commonwealth fisheries. This advice can include identification and assessment of marine mammal bycatch issues, the development and review of marine mammal mitigation strategies and the development of fishery and vessel specific mitigation arrangements. The group consists of …

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Fish on film

AFMA monitors and collects information about fishing in order to make informed management decisions so that there is plenty of seafood for Australians to enjoy now and into the future. Electronic monitoring, known as e-monitoring, uses sensors and cameras to gather information about fishing activity. Rolled out across four Commonwealth fisheries two years ago, e-monitoring is one of the new and innovative …

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Shrimply irresistible this Christmas!

As Christmas rolls around for another year, there has never been a better time to add fresh Australian seafood to your Christmas day menu, including wild caught Australian prawns from the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF). Not only does seafood from Commonwealth managed fisheries taste great, but you can also have confidence that it is coming from a sustainably managed fishery. …

Reminder for SBT farm sector

The Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery 2016-17 season commenced 1 December 2016, and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reminding farm sector operators on their reporting requirements during the catching, towing and transferring operations. In order to gain an average weight for farmed southern bluefin tuna (SBT), an AFMA Authorised Representative (AAR) will supervise the sampling of at least 100 …

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 …

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Two Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels apprehended in the Coral Sea

Joint media release from Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia. Two Vietnamese fishing vessels and their crew of 29 men suspected of illegally fishing near Saumarez reef in the Coral Sea marine park have been apprehended. Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), working in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management …

35% reduction in bycatch trial

Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources ​A new bycatch device has delivered impressive results that will improve the sustainability of fishing operations of wild catch prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, today met with the developer, Mr Kon Triantopoulos, and representatives of the Northern Prawn Fishery …

Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended at Lihou Reef

Joint media release Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Border Force and Parks Australia A Vietnamese fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters has been apprehended off the coast of Cairns. 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 Parks Australia apprehended …

Commonwealth and Western Australia working together for better fisheries management

Joint media release from The Hon Anne Ruston Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and the Hon Joe Francis WA Minister for Fisheries. Working across jurisdictional boundaries, the federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, together with Western Australia Fisheries Minister, Joe Francis today unveiled an agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australia realigning fisheries boundaries off …

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Ex-shell-ent scallop catches this season!

With the best season in 15 years, there has never been a better time to enjoy succulent scallops from the Commonwealth Bass Strait Central Zone Fishery. Bass Strait scallops are caught commercially in Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria. While they can also be caught in coastal waters, the fishery in central Bass Strait is managed by the Australian Fisheries …

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of South Pacific regional fisheries

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources  Australia is hosting around 150 international delegates for the fifth Commission Meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), which continues today in Adelaide. In welcoming delegates to the meeting, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said the occasion provided an opportunity to engage with …

Choose Australian seafood this Christmas!

Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources The festive season is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, sustainably harvested and locally caught seafood. After another fantastic year for Commonwealth fisheries, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, is encouraging Australians to remember sustainable, local seafood when planning your Christmas menu this year. “The warmer weather …

Record penalties for illegal foreign fisherman

Joint media release Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Department of Immigration and Border Protection In a major strike against illegal fishing, four illegal foreign fishers involved in three separate incidents were convicted in Darwin courts last Friday after investigations by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), in cooperation with Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force embedded within the …

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Shrimply irresistible this Christmas!

As Christmas rolls around for another year, there has never been a better time to add fresh Australian seafood to your Christmas day menu, including wild caught Australian prawns from the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF). Not only does seafood from Commonwealth managed fisheries taste great, but you can also have confidence that it is coming from a sustainably managed fishery. …

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 …

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