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 ...
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Sustainable Seafood Day – 20 March 2015 #ForTheSea

Why not celebrate and get behind the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) annual Sustainable Seafood Day on Friday 20 March 2015. MSC is encouraging people to get involved with the day, and importantly to encourage others to eat sustainable seafood, by hosting their own sustainable seafood lunch or dinner.  Then post your pictures and/or your reason on why sustainable seafood is ...
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Hook pod trials

Catching fish not birds and the sustainability of not only fish stocks, but the whole marine environment, is a focus of AFMA’s fisheries management. To help ensure that the latest technology is being used to reduce bycatch, we regularly work with industry and innovators to trial the latest in bycatch mitigation technology. In September 2014, AFMA funded the FV Jordan ...
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Guaranteed to get better reviews than Sharknado’s sequel

While Sharknado’s sequel may have bombed with the critics, AFMA’s supplement to our Shark and Ray Handling Practices – A guide for commercial fishers in southern Australia is sure to not disappoint. The original Shark and Ray Handling Practices guide, released last year, is now available on our website as an e-booklet.  The e-booklet is easy to navigate and was ...

AFMA’s first Recreational Fishing Liaison Officer

By Pat Sachs Last year I was offered the most amazing opportunity to build a bridge uncertain of what was on the other side. My first thoughts varied between, ‘This has got to be the most awesome excuse to go fishing’ and ‘This is a position destined to fail!’. Seven months down the track and I could not have guessed ...

First AFMA Commission meeting of 2015

The AFMA Commission held its first meeting of the year in Port Lincoln, South Australia on 25 to 26 February 2015. Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture also attended the meeting. Commission meetings are regularly held in major ports for Commonwealth fisheries to ensure good stakeholder engagement and hear issues first-hand. Of the five Commission meetings ...

New process for getting the latest AFMA News

Thanks for all your feedback so far on the new website AFMA launched in January 2015! With the new website you will now be able to receive the latest AFMA news more regularly. What this means for you? Current subscribers of AFMA Update (if you are receiving this email, this means you!) – will continue to receive AFMA News on ...

Fisherman fined $10 000 for false information

Media release The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has again reinforced that illegal fishing activity will not be tolerated with a Western Australian Commonwealth fishing vessel skipper convicted and fined $10 000 in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. Mr Paul Harrison of Wickham, was an authorised agent of Seafresh Pty Ltd and skipper of the fishing vessel Ocean Raider ...
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Get hooked on Sustainable Seafood Day this Friday!

Media release Tomorrow is Sustainable Seafood Day and to celebrate AFMA is encouraging all Australian’s to support our fishing industry by hooking into a meal of delicious, sustainably caught, healthy, local Aussie seafood. Be it flake and chips, pan-seared tuna, or a fresh feed of prawns, the Chair of Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), the Hon Norman Moore, said by ...

2015-16 total allowable catch determinations – Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery

The 2015-16 total allowable catch (TAC) for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery have been determined. The AFMA Commission met on 25-26 February 2015 and determined the TACs based on advice from the South East Management Advisory Committee, the Great Australian Bight Management Advisory Committee, Resource Assessment Groups and Industry Associations. A key outcome of the meeting was the increase ...

Summer spawning patterns and preliminary daily egg production method survey of Jack mackerel and Australian sardine off the east coast

On 18 March 2015, the Fisheries and Development Corporation released the report Summer spawning patterns and preliminary daily egg production method survey of Jack Mackerel and Australian sardine off the east coast (PDF, 2 MB) ...