Small Pelagic Fishery Total Allowable Catches for 2014-15 Season

On 28 April 2014 the Australian Fisheries Management Authority Commission set the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) limits in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF). Table 1 shows the Total Allowable Catches for the 2014-15 season.  The new TACs are similar to those set for 2013-14 season, with the exception of Australian Sardine that increased from 270 tonnes to 560 tonnes. In ...

SFR price collection consultation – have your say

AFMA is looking at collecting price information on transferred and leased statutory fishing rights (SFRs). There are different types of SFRs that enables different types of access.  For example, quota or gear SFRs entitle the holder to a share or percentage of the total allowable catch or total allowable effort allowed in that fishery, while boat SFRs permit certain boats ...

Seeking applications for management advisory committee members

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for member positions on Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee, Sub-Antarctic Management Advisory Committee and Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee for their next three year term from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018. Management advisory committees are statutory bodies that provide AFMA with management advice. They report to the AFMA ...

Boat Nomination to fish in the Small Pelagic Fishery

On 12 February 2015 the Australian Fisheries Management Authority received notification that Seafish Tasmania Pty Ltd has nominated the Geelong Star to fish it’s concessions in the Small Pelagic Fishery. The nomination follows the registration by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) of the Geelong Star as an Australian-flagged boat. Anyone who holds statutory fishing rights (SFRs) to fish in ...

Expressions of interest for CCAMLR new and exploratory fisheries 2015

AFMA is seeking expressions of interest from Australian companies or persons wishing to make an application for new and exploratory fisheries to be considered at the 2015 Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting. If you are interested in undertaking new or exploratory fishing, you must submit a written expression of interest to AFMA. Expressions of interest should be one page or ...

Small Pelagic Fishery stakeholder forum

On Friday, 17 October 2014 a forum for recreational fishing and conservation stakeholders was held in Hobart.  The purpose of the forum was to provide information on current management and science in the Small Pelagic Fishery, and to engage with conservation and recreational fishing stakeholders about the possible future management of the fishery. Three presentations were given: Small Pelagic Fishery management ...

CSIRO review of Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery harvest strategy

On 6 February 2015, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation released the report Review and update of harvest strategy settings for the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery ...

Launching AFMA’s new and improved website

AFMA launched a new and improved website on 27 January. Visit afma.gov.au  to check out the changes ...

Australian vessel permitted to fish in CCAMLR exploratory fisheries

Last updated 8 December 2014 AFMA has recently granted a permit for the fishing vessel Antarctic Chieftain to fish in CCAMLR exploratory fisheries. CCAMLR is the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources, and is the international organisation responsible for managing fishing activities in the Southern Ocean. At its annual meeting in October 2014, CCAMLR endorsed a proposal ...

Small Pelagic Fishery – FAQs

Last updated 18 February 2015 Upcoming activities Upcoming activities in the fishery Has AFMA received a recent application to fish in the Small Pelagic Fishery? What is AFMA doing to work with stakeholders on the management of the Small Pelagic Fishery? Latest science What is being done in preparation for the 2015-16 season? Is there any new data being used to ...

Market testing AFMA’s Observer Program

Last updated 8 January 2015 Expressions of Interest are now open on AusTender for the provision of AFMA’s Observer Program. AFMA’s in-house Observer Program places observers (independent of the fishing industry) on fishing vessels to provide reliable and verified information on fishing catch, effort, and practices onboard fishing vessels operating in Commonwealth waters. The program also monitors the impact of ...

Thinking fish and chips this summer? Choose Aussie flake

As Aussies flock to the beach this summer and enjoy fish and chips by the ocean, be sure to ask for genuine Aussie flake. Be it battered, crumbed or grilled, by choosing Australian caught flake, like gummy shark, from the menu, you can have confidence that it is coming from a well-managed, sustainable fishery….and its tastes delicious. “The sustainably caught ...

New strategy to protect dolphins

AFMA is releasing an innovative strategy to minimise the bycatch of dolphins in gillnets in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery to as close to zero as possible while allowing sustainable shark fishing. The strategy reduces the risk of dolphin bycatch, improves information on factors leading to dolphin bycatch and introduces ‘individual responsibility’ measures specific to the area ...

Combating illegal fishing

On 23 November 2014 AFMA in partnership with Border Protection Command (BPC) apprehended two Indonesian fishing vessels suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters approximately 170 nautical miles north-west of Darwin. The two vessels, with a total of fourteen crew members, were intercepted by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Vessel (ACV) Dame Roma Mitchell, under the coordination of BPC ...

AFMA visits the Australian Maritime College

AFMA officers attended the Australian Maritime College (AMC) to deliver training in investigations to officers at the Pacific Patrol Boat Officers Surveillance Course in Launceston from 13 to 17 November 2014. The course was attended by twelve officers from the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Pacific Island countries including Tonga, Federated State of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Palau, Samoa, ...

Illegal fisherman slugged with fine

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) together with the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP), and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) have reinforced their commitment to combatting illegal fishing with the conviction of a Rennel Island man on 19 November 2014 for the illegal possession of sea cucumbers or Beche De Mer. Mr Eddie Savage was convicted ...

Levy rates and dates set for 2014-15

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) is pleased to announce that it continues to honour its commitment to not raise key rates higher than the 2005-06 level, corrected for consumer price index (CPI). Although total levies for this year are 10.15 per cent higher than 2013-14 at $12.754 million, since making the commitment to industry in 2010 that it would ...

Electronic monitoring roll out

The roll out of new electronic monitoring equipment has begun for vessels within the Gillnet Hook and Trap (GHAT) and the Eastern and Western Tuna and Billfish fisheries (ETBF and WTBF). E-monitoring will assist AFMA to ensure the best possible fisheries management by enabling greater insight into Australia’s fishing operations. New installations have already started for boats in the GHAT ...

Sustainable Squid – total allowable effort maintained

The humble squid is both tasty and abundant. That’s why for the 2015 fishing season, the total allowable effort for the Southern Squid Jig Fishery will remain the same as this year at 550 standard squid jigging machines. The Gould’s squid (Nototodarus gouldi) has a short lifespan, prolific breeding, and speedy growth. AFMA’s harvest strategy takes into account these attributes ...

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

The 2015-16 total allowable catch recommendations for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark fishery outlines AFMA management’s recommendations for total allowable catches for species in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) for the 2015-16 fishing year, commencing 1 May 2015. This paper is to provide you with an opportunity to consider AFMA management’s total allowable catch recommendations before ...
Blue warehou photo courtesy of FRDC Fishfiles

Blue Warehou Stock Rebuilding Strategy 2014

AFMA has updated the Blue Warehou Rebuilding Strategy. The Blue Warehou Stock Rebuilding Strategy 2014 is a revised version of the Blue Warehou Stock Rebuilding Strategy 2008 and will continue to support the recovery of blue warehou stocks to their ecologically sustainable levels. View the updated Blue Warehou Stock Rebuilding Strategy 2014 Q&A on the update rebuilding strategy What management actions will ...

Have your say – School Shark Rebuilding Strategy

AFMA is updating the rebuilding strategy for school shark and we are interested in your comments. The 2008 Stock Rebuilding Strategy made significant progress on removing targeted fishing of School Shark in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF). Whilst there remains some uncertainty about the size of the stock, incidental catch rates in the trawl sector have ...

Have your say – Orange Roughy rebuilding strategy

AFMA is updating the rebuilding strategy for Orange Roughy and we are interested in your comments. The Orange Roughy Conservation Program (ORCP) was introduced in 2006 to ensure the long term survival of Orange Roughy in nature and recover the species to ecologically sustainable levels. Recognising progress made under the existing ORCP, the primary objective of the updated Orange Roughy ...

Australia-Papua New Guinea Treaty Cycle meetings 2014

Officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority attended the Fisheries Bilateral meeting between Australia and Papua New Guinea on 28 October 2014 in Cairns. This meeting forms part of a broader series of annual Treaty Cycle meetings in relation to the 1985 Treaty between Australia and Papua New Guinea concerning sovereignty and maritime boundaries in the area of the Torres ...

Australia’s science-based fisheries management reaping rewards

Media Release issued 19 November, 2014 Excellent management of Australia’s fisheries has led to an increase in the sustainable catch for the prized Patagonian Toothfish. The total allowable catch limit was increased by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) following a recommendation from a Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Tasmania last month. It ...

Two illegal foreign fishing vessels apprehended north-west of Darwin

Border Protection Command (BPC) in partnership with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), have apprehended two foreign fishing vessels suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters approximately 170 nautical miles north-west of Darwin. The two vessels, with a total of fourteen crew members, were intercepted on Sunday, 23 November by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Vessel (ACV) Dame Roma ...

AFMA research call for 2015!

It is that time of year again with the AFMA Research Committee (ARC) making its annual public call for expressions of interest to address research priorities for potential AFMA funding in 2015-16. The committee takes a leading role in determining research priorities and assessing proposals for funding by AFMA each year. The committee met on 16 October 2014 to consider ...

AFMA’s new website

We have been working on a brand new design for the website that will be ready to launch soon. We are very happy to announce some exciting new features including smart device compatibility, easier navigation through drop down menus and a brand new look. For our fishing clients we have dedicated a section of the site specifically for you and ...

Operation Kuru Kuru tackles illegal fishing in the Pacific

A record number of 12 fishing vessels were detected in potential breach of license conditions during the annual multi-national maritime fisheries surveillance mission operation ‘Kuru Kuru’ held in Kiribati and Vanuatu. AFMA officers recently participated in the compliance operation which took place between 15 and 24 October 2014 and covered tuna fishing grounds throughout the Western and Central Pacific Ocean ...

Illegal foreign vessel apprehended in the Torres Strait

AFMA recently joined forces with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Royal Australian Navy and Border Protection Command, to successfully apprehend an illegal foreign vessel and its crew members in the Torres Strait. The foreign vessel was sighted on 16 September 2014 by a Border Protection Command helicopter over a reef approximately 11 nautical miles inside the Australian ...

Vessel monitoring system alert services

Parks Australia, through the use of AFMA’s Vessel Monitoring System alert and messaging capability, provides a free alert service to Commonwealth commercial fishing operators advising them of their proximity to Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR) boundaries. Since 1 July 2014, all boats operating in and around the South East Commonwealth Marine Reserve network have had access to this service.  As of ...

Recent apprehension of Bodhis

AFMA was involved in the recent apprehension of two Indonesian Type 3 Bodhis suspected of conducting multiple incursions deep into the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ). Areas close to the banks and shoals located north-west of Cape Londonderry, shared with Indonesia, have long been a target area for illegal foreign fishing. One type of vessel being used in the AFZ for ...

Don’t be a turkey – go sustainable Aussie fish this Christmas

The festive season has begun and what could be better than fresh, sustainably-managed Australian fish on the BBQ. As many start to plan their Christmas menus, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is encouraging Australians to include Australian seafood like flathead. With the flathead stocks in the Commonwealth Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) in great shape, there ...

AFMA not flakey about shark handling

Recognising the important role that sharks, rays and related species play in Australia’s ecosystems, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) together with Monash University and the shark fishing industry have developed a guide to increase the survival rate of sharks and rays accidentally caught during commercial fishing. Shark and Ray Handling Practices – A guide for commercial fishers in southern ...

Deck the trawls – cracker of a year for Aussie prawns!

Deck the trawls – cracker of a year for Aussie prawns! ...

Two illegal foreign fishing vessels apprehended north-west of Darwin

Joint media release with Border Protection Command. Border Protection Command (BPC) in partnership with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), have apprehended two foreign fishing vessels suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters approximately 170 nautical miles north-west of Darwin. The two vessels, with a total of fourteen crew members, were intercepted on Sunday, 23 November by Australian Customs and ...

Seabirds see pink

Large buoys known as warp deflectors, or ‘pinkies’, are helping save the lives of Australia’s seabirds according to a world leading research report released today by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Assessing the Effectiveness of Seabird Mitigation Devices in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery of Australia. The research was a joint project between commercial fishers, seabird ...

FFA regional op nets three vessels

 - Sharing of info key to fight IUU fishing, says Movick FFA HQ, Honiara, Thursday 28th August 2014—Legal investigations are underway in Kiribati and Papua New Guinea with three vessels now potentially facing charges linked to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The vessels caught the attention of maritime authorities during the regional surveillance and enforcement Operation Island Chief across the ...
3 AFMA compliance officers inspecting a boat

AFMA gifts forfeited boats to Papua New Guinea

AFMA gifts forfeited boats to Papua New Guinea ...

New software to detect fraud

New software to detect fraud ...

Eastern Pink Ling landings on track for sustainability

Eastern Pink Ling landings on track for sustainability ...

Fishing cheats will be caught

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has reinforced its commitment to tracking down and punishing illegal fishers with the conviction of two South Australian fishermen last week. The two fishers were fined a total of $36 000 for falsifying catch returns to hide shark catch from AFMA and dodge quota limits during the 2012 season. Earlier this year in April ...

Illegal foreign fishing vessel intercepted West of Darwin

Joint media release with Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Border Protection Command (BPC), working closely with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), has apprehended a foreign fishing vessel approximately 275 nautical miles West of Darwin suspected of illegally fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone. The vessel was initially detected by an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Dash-8 surveillance aircraft ...

AFMA observers wrap up ocean sunfish sampling

They’re big, they’re heavy, and they’re not the prettiest fish in the sea, but don’t tell that to the ocean sunfish. These large, enigmatic and little studied fish have been the focus of a 12 month biopsy sampling program headed by Prof Neil Loneragan and PhD candidate Marianne Nyegaard at Perth’s Murdoch University. For the last 12 months, our Tuna ...

Fish taking a bite in the Bight

For the first time in almost 20 years, Eastern Tuna longliners have been catching Southern Bluefin tuna (SBT) in the Great Australian Bight. In recent years, most of the longline catch has been taken off southern NSW during the winter months, but two brave longline skippers decided to try their luck in the Bight and it paid off! Once they ...

AFMA simplifies rules and increases security of statutory fishing rights

Up until now, fishers in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery and the Bass Straight Central Zone Scallop Fishery were allowed to take fish species that are subject to quota home for personal use without it being deducted from quota holdings. But starting from 1 May 2014, fishers will have any quoted fish taken for personal use deducted ...

Northern Prawn Season Kicks Off for 2014

Prior to the Northern Prawn Fishery season start on 1 April 2014, the NPF Industry Pty Ltd, in conjunction with AFMA held pre-season briefings across key ports to educate skippers on the management arrangements for the 2014 banana prawn fishing season. These meetings are run by the NPF Industry Pty Ltd under co-management arrangements and were held in Cairns, Darwin ...

Dogfish exclusion trials underway south of Sydney

Photos courtesy of SETFIA Harrisson’s Dogfish and Southern Dogfish are part of a group of sharks called upper slope dogfish or gulper sharks. In February 2013 AFMA implemented the Upper Slope Dogfish Management Strategy (the strategy) which is designed to halt population declines of gulper sharks caused by fishing and support the recovery of the species. To ensure the protection ...

Fish receivers reminded to do the right thing

Some fish receiver permit holders are not meeting the requirement to submit paperwork to AFMA in a timely manner. AFMA wrote to all fish receivers in July 2013 reminding them about adhering to permit conditions and in particular the need to return catch disposal records (CDRs) to AFMA in a timely manner. The current requirement is for fish receivers to ...

AFMA Participates in Operation Rai Balang

AFMA Officers were recently deployed on Pacific Patrol Boats from Palau and Federated States of Micronesia in support of Operation Rai Balang 2014.  Operation Rai Balang is one of four annual regional monitoring control and surveillance operations aimed at stopping illegal, unreported and unregulated, or IUU fishing, in the Pacific. Patrol boats from Palau, Marshall Islands and Federated States of ...

Reminder – AFMA Commission Public Meeting 28 April 2014

Interested stakeholders are invited to attend the AFMA Commission’s annual public meeting to be held from 8:30 am – 9:30 am on Monday 28 April 2014 at AFMA’s Canberra office. The meeting will give you an opportunity to engage with the AFMA Commissioners and gain an understanding of recent fisheries management initiatives and the key challenges for the organisation in ...

Protected Zone Joint Authority Stakeholder Meeting

A meeting of the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) and an associated stakeholder meeting was held on 8-9 April 2014 on Thursday Island. The PZJA is chaired by the Hon. Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture. The other members of the PZJA are the Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority, Mr Joseph Elu AO and ...

Illegal Fishing Clammed Shut

Illegal Fishing Clammed Shut ...

Fishers caught out

Two individuals involved in a Danish Seine operation based in Lakes Entrance have been fined, placed on good behaviour bonds, and had the proceeds of their illegal catch forfeited after retaining more than the 200kg trip limit for snapper in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish & Shark Fishery. When a fisher takes more than they’re meant to, it ends up ...

A Jawsome new handling guide for Sharks and Rays

Did you know that around a quarter of all known chondrichthyans - sharks and rays to the rest of us - call Australia home? That’s a whopping 322 species! Of these, more than half are found nowhere else in the world. That’s why we’re making it a priority to minimise fisher’s impact on their environment. AFMA’s Bycatch and Discards Program ...

Reducing red tape- simplified licensing arrangements

AFMA has made significant enhancements to its online licensing portal GoFish. The enhancements centre on faster navigation and the addition of new functions which will allow users to renew their permit online, provide for users to set up reoccurring leases and allow passwords to be changed online. Similar to transferring money between bank accounts, AFMA is also amending the form ...

AFMA Commission Public Meeting 28 April 2014

Interested stakeholders are invited to attend the AFMA Commission’s annual public meeting to be held from 8:30 am – 9:30 am on Monday 28 April 2014 at AFMA’s Canberra office. The meeting will give you an opportunity to engage with the AFMA Commissioners and gain an understanding of recent fisheries management initiatives and the key challenges for the organisation in ...

How to help those that need it most – fisher’s responsibilities for bycatch and protected species

Fishers are reminded of the importance of minimising impacts on the marine environment. Taking an active role to ensure your fishing practises reduce unintentional impacts on marine environment helps build public confidence in Australian seafood. It also reduces potentially higher costs to industry due to additional environmental requirements. The majority of fishers take such issues seriously, although it has come ...

More fish for Aussie consumers

Total Allowable Catches (TACs) limits in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) have seen an increase of over 800 tonnes on last year. Blue Grenadier and Flathead, two of the most economically important species within this fishery, had significant increases with the latest assessments showing stocks to be in a healthy state. The overall increase in available ...

Renee Vajtauer – new Executive Officer for Commonwealth Fisheries Association

Renee has recently been appointed as the Executive Officer for the Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA). CFA is the peak body  representing the collective rights, responsibilities and interests of a diverse commercial fishing industry in Commonwealth regulated fisheries. The CFA was formed in April 2002 as a non-profit organisation. Previous to CFA Renee was employed with Seafood Industry Victoria (SIV) the ...

Market Testing the Observer Program

AFMA has decided to market test its scientific observer program. AFMA’s in-house Observer Program (the Program) places observers (independent of the fishing industry) on fishing vessels to provide reliable and verified information on fishing catch, effort, and practices onboard fishing vessels operating in Commonwealth waters. The program also monitors the impact of fishing on the broader marine environment including Threatened, ...

AFMA’s new graduates

Each year, AFMA selects graduates with an interest in establishing a career in natural resource management - our fisheries managers of the future. This year, we have two great graduates – Lisa Stevenson and Claire Wallis. We’ve asked them to tell you a bit about themselves and what they hope to achieve in their time in the graduate program. Lisa ...

Northern Prawn Fishery pre-season surveys

The first of the pre-season prawn surveys for 2014 has been completed in the Northern Prawn Fishery. The information gathered provides an indication of the number of juvenile prawns of the key prawn species in the region, which is then used to determine how many prawns will be available to the fishery to catch in the coming season. The CSIRO ...

Australia-Indonesia: Fisheries Management /Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) training program

Left: Participants travelled from remote areas of Indonesia to attend the training course in Bali, including people from North Sulawesi, Timor, West Papua and Ambon. Right: Participants conducting mock inspection on Indonesian long line vessel. AFMA Fisheries Officers have just returned from Indonesia where they delivered the Fisheries Management/Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Training Program. The three week course involved two ...

Recipe: Blue Grenadier Pie

  Dig into this delicious crustless pie from AFMA staff member, Vyt Vilkaitis. Ingredients • 25g butter • 1 leek, cut in half and sliced thinly • 2 rashers bacon, finely diced • 2 small zucchini (or 4 button squash), finely diced • 2 sticks celery, finely sliced • 2 carrots, in small dices • ¼ tsp all spice • ...

Illegal foreign fishing vessels intercepted

Border Protection Command (BPC), working closely with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Royal Australian Navy, has apprehended four foreign fishing vessels with a total of 58 crew approximately 180 nautical miles North West of Darwin. The wooden vessels were intercepted on Wednesday, 12 March and Thursday, 13 March 2014 by HMA Ships Launceston and Glenelg, under the ...

Greater protection for seabirds on the high seas

New seabird management measures have been adopted by the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) Commission to better protect seabirds from fishing activities in the high seas. Under the Conservation and Management Measure for minimising bycatch of seabirds in the SPFRMO Convention Area, fishing vessels in the SPRFMO high seas area will now be under a risk-based approach to ...

Fish receiver inspection “blitz” conducted in Tasmanian ports

From 3 February to 6 February 2014, AFMA deployed a number of Fisheries Officers to Tasmania to conduct fish receiver inspection and audit activity. Over the course of four days the Officers covered 1500km and visited 28 Fish Receiver permit holders in nine different ports.  While compliance rates were generally high, three minor offences were detected and another fish receiver ...

AFMA data a big hit

Who would have thought there would be so many data hungry people out there! Since publishing the AFMA catch data on www.data.gov.au last October, there have been around 500 views. And with the newly added catch data for 2012, we hope to see a whole lot more of you over there. Good data is essential for making the right decisions ...

We want you to share your experiences with AFMA!

Are you a fisher, scientist, environmentalist or economist? Do you know all about marine resources? If so, we want you to come and share your knowledge and experiences with us as part of the AFMA seminar series. This is a great chance for you to connect with AFMA staff and help us better understand all things fish. And as a ...

Fishing for school resources? AFMA has you covered

Are you a teacher or student wanting to learn about fisheries management in Australia? Well, we’ve worked with Kids Media to develop some free educational resources. The material has been put together by teachers and is available on our website and the FOR TEACHERS for students education resources website. You’ll find lesson plans for subjects from maths through to history, ...

Congratulations Michael!

Fellow AFMA Commissioners and AFMA Staff welcomed the news that AFMA Chair, The Hon Michael Egan AO FAICD, was recently awarded the position of Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australian at the recent Australia Day Awards. Michael received the award for distinguished service to the Parliament of New South Wales through a range of senior ...

Commonwealth fishers strive to improve their environmental performance

Over 150 skippers and crew from four different fisheries have graduated with a TAFE accreditation in implementing and monitoring environmentally sustainable work practices. This was part of an AFMA project funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country to improve the knowledge and skills of commercial fishers in natural resource management. These skills will help fishers come up with ...

Trawl industry works to protect seabirds

Seabirds in flight, AFMA 2014. The South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA) has received an Australian Government ‘Caring for our Country’ grant of $360 000 to develop and test devices and techniques to protect seabirds in the Commonwealth and Great Australian Bight Trawl Sectors. Fishers will be asked for their ideas for seabird mitigation devices and techniques, with a ...

RECIPE – Prawn and Mango Rice Paper Rolls

Vyt's delicious prawn and mango rice paper rolls, AFMA 2014. This is such a refreshing dish to have in summer when the mangoes are good and the Australian prawns are plentiful. Don’t waste your time unless you have good quality prawns such as Australian MSC-certified northern prawns. These have such a great flavour and texture. Kensington Pride mangoes are also ...

A Fish Tale Review

“Cod” by Mark Kurlansky This is not a new book but it is a good one. The book takes us through six centuries of Cod recipes, three Cod wars, the creation of exclusive economic zones for fishing, several attempts at conserving Cod, and predictions for a not too rosy future. Being in part a historical cook-book, biological lesson and warning ...

AFMA closes the net on fishing cheats

AFMA closes the net on fishing cheats ...

2013 – 14 Levy Arrangements

All you need to know about 2013-14 levies ...

AFMA fish go GREEN!

It’s easy to see just how sustainable our Commonwealth fisheries are with this handy animation we’ve put together. Just take a look for yourself – from 2004-2012, there has been a huge improvement in the number of sustainably fished stocks in Australia’s fisheries. It’s all down to the combined effort of AFMA, the fishing industry and scientists in increasing the ...

Sustainable Squid – Total Allowable Effort maintained

They mightn’t seem like much but the humble squid is hard to beat in terms of sustainability. That’s why for the 2014 fishing season, the total allowable effort for the Southern Squid Jig Fishery will remain the same as this year at 550 standard squid jigging machines. It’s all down to the Gould’s squid (Nototodarus gouldi) short lifespan, prolific breeding, ...

Northern Prawn Fishery leads the way on sustainability

The Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) has passed the latest Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainability audit with flying colours. The fishery was given the MSC tick of approval in 2012 after being certified against their global environmental standard for sustainable and well managed fisheries. Following initial approval, each year the MSC undertakes a surveillance audit to ensure the fishery continues to ...

Fishers get the VMS message: ‘Fail to Report, End up in Port’

Commonwealth Fishers are starting to heed the message on Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) compliance, with compliance rates reaching 100% twice in the October-November period. Peter Venslovas, General Manager Fisheries Operations is happy with the results “This is really good news and shows that, with a little effort, operators can ensure they remain compliant with VMS requirements”. AFMA has adopted the ...

East Australian Tuna harvest strategy upgraded

The Harvest Strategy for the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) is leading the way on pelagic fisheries sustainability. This difficult task has been achieved by specifying acceptable levels of risk for both Broadbill Swordfish and Striped Marlin. A recent meeting of the Tropical Tuna Resource Assessment Group reviewed the most recent stock assessments completed for Broadbill Swordfish and Striped ...

National Seafood Industry Leadership Program

AFMA staff member Katie Scutt joined 15 other future leaders to participate in the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program. The program is the only national industry specific leadership program which is designed to help people take up leadership roles in the seafood industry. Participants gathered from all over Australia for the 8 month program, and were drawn from indigenous, recreational, ...

Targeting Fishing Fraud

AFMA has put the spotlight on targeting illegal activity in Commonwealth fisheries. This month, we’ll look at what AFMA is doing to tackle two of the many different ways illegal fishing activity can happen. Fish Receivers Over the last few months, AFMA officers have been busy connecting with all sorts of fish receivers to better understand their business practices and ...

Follow the leaders in prawn fishery management

Thinking of the future is all in a day’s work for these Northern Prawn fishery stakeholders. They got to take time out from their day jobs recently to attend a strategic planning workshop. This was organised by the Northern Prawn Fishery Industry Pty Ltd, to focus on identifying priorities and objectives for the fishery over the next 5, 10 and ...

Recipe – Crispy Squid with Wasabi Mayonnaise

              Crispy Squid 500 grams squid tubes 2 tablespoons cornflour 4 tablespoons semolina 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 100g salad leaves 4 lemon wedges, to serve Cooking oil for frying Wasabi Mayonnaise 3 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 teaspoon wasabi paste 1 free-range egg, plus ...

Northern Prawn Fishery leads the way on sustainability

Northern Prawn Fishery leads the way on sustainability ...

National Seafood Industry Leadership Program

National Seafood Industry Leadership Program ...

AFMA nets fishing cheat

AFMA nets fishing cheat - skipper convicted and fined ...

Tuna catch limits to be considered

The Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee met in Canberra on Thursday 10 October to discuss management of the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery and Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery. The Committee discussed the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery harvest strategy and total allowable commercial catch (TACC) limits for quota species for the 2014/15 fishing seasons. The AFMA Commission set the ...

Vale AFMA Board Chairman Jim McColl

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of former AFMA Chairman Jim McColl AM. In 1991, Jim McColl was appointed by the then Minister for Primary Industries, John Kerin, as the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, a statutory body established to replace the then Australian Fisheries Service within the Commonwealth Department of Primary ...

Targeting fishing fraud

As part of AFMA’s ongoing strategy to tackle quota evasion, we are targeting operators who are substituting or concealing catch of quota species. Substitution and/or concealment of quota species is considered fraud against the Commonwealth. Fraud is a serious offence, with penalties including monetary fines, license suspension or cancellation or even, in some cases, imprisonment. Substituting or concealing catch is ...

Explore fisheries with our interactive map!

Have you ever wanted to know where a fishery is, or where a type of fishing method is used in Australia? Well now you can with AFMA’s new interactive fisheries map. The map, which uses Google’s powerful Maps application, helps you to locate where a fishery is in Australia by fishery name, fishing method or species. It’s easy to use ...

A day in the life of…

Join us each month as we give you a glimpse into the lives of our fisheries staff. This month, Dave Schubert tells us what it’s like to be an AFMA Observer. G’day I’m Dave Schubert and here’s a little taste of my life at sea. After graduating from the Australian Maritime College, I entered the observer program where I spent ...

Safety doesn’t happen by accident

A big congratulations goes to AFMA employee Rebecca Atkins who received a commendation in the recent Comcare Work Health and Safety National Awards for 2013. Bec is one of AFMA’s Health and Safety Representatives and helps makes sure that AFMA is a safe place for staff to work. In her time as health and safety representative, Bec has developed a ...

Fishing for school resources? AFMA has you covered.

Are you a teacher or student wanting to learn about fisheries management in Australia? Well, we’ve worked with Kids Media to develop some free educational resources. The material has been put together by teachers and is available on AFMA’s website and the FOR TEACHERS for students education resources website. You’ll find lesson plans for subjects from maths through to history, ...

Fly me to the moon – the 2014 AFMA Moon Calendar is now available

Whether you’re following the tides, or just wanting to know when to howl at the moon, AFMA has you covered with the 2014 AFMA Moon Calendar. The moon calendar will be available on our website, and sticker versions will be sent out to all concession holders across Australia. If you missed out, or would like an additional copy, please contact ...

Revisit an old classic – the Prawn Cocktail

With the party season about to start and delicious Aussie prawns in supermarkets and fishmongers around Australia, what better time to revisit an old classic, the prawn cocktail! Prawn Cocktail Serves two as a main meal, or four as an entree. Ingredients 500g cooked Aussie Tiger prawns*, peeled, deveined, tails left on baby cos lettuce leaves lemon slices to serve ...

Australia-Papua New Guinea Treaty Cycle Meetings 2013

  Earlier this month, officers from AFMA and a range of other Australian government departments attended a series of annual Torres Strait Treaty Cycle Meetings, held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The 1985 treaty outlines the boundaries between the two countries and provides a framework for the management of the common border area. The Treaty recognises the importance ...

Care to Chair one of our Advisory Committees?

We are looking for suitably qualified and skilled Chairpersons for our Management Advisory Committees (MACs). AFMA works hard to regulate fishing activity to make sure that we have sustainable and profitable fisheries.  Advisory committees play a key role in helping us to achieve this by giving us high quality advice. Suitable candidates will be placed on a Register which is ...

Prawn Future Assured

Northern Prawn Fishery future assured ...

Four illegal foreign fishing boats intercepted, crew detained

Indonesian illegal foreign fishing boats intercepted ...

Australia and Indonesia tackle illegal fishing together

Illegal fishing was the focus of the annual AUSINDO 2013 joint coordinated fisheries patrol between the Australian Defence Force and Indonesian Armed Forces. The patrols aim to catch foreign fishing vessels targeting marine species within the seabed jurisdiction area – an area north-west of Darwin. Australia has rights over this area, which includes the seabed and any marine animals living ...

Singing the praise of new fishing gear

A new line weighting study in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery has shown a reduced risk to seabird capture with no influence on fish catch rate. Previously, birds would try and eat the bait from the hooks of a long-line fishing vessels. Some would occasionally get caught and be dragged under the water. With this new weighting system, the ...

Catch some fish data!

Have you ever wondered what fish is caught in Australia each year? Well, now you can find out because for the first time, AFMA has put catch data for most Commonwealth commercial fisheries online. Hundreds of species of fish are caught in Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries each year and we collect detailed information about these catches. Good data is essential to ...

2013-14 National (Domestic) Compliance Program Launched

AFMA has launched the 2013-14 National Compliance Program, which will focus on quota evasion and vessel monitoring system (VMS) compliance. Quota evasion comes in many forms: fish receiver fraud, declaration/reporting and substitution/concealment, all of which simply amount to stealing.  During 2013/14, AFMA will conduct a range of targeted programs as well as being on hand during field inspections to ensure ...

Fail to Report, End up in Port

At AFMA, we consider Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) to be an important way to monitor fishing across the Commonwealth fleet. The VMS data collected ends up being a vital component in our management of Australia’s fisheries. So as a part of our annual compliance program, we are again focussing our attention on VMS compliance. We have adopted the simple motto ...

Eastern Pink Ling gets a break – new trip limits in place

To help protect the eastern Pink Ling stock, we have put in place closures and trip limits to prevent overfishing. Currently, Pink Ling in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery is managed under a single total allowable catch for both eastern and western stocks (see map above). While the western stock is looking good at around the target ...

Special anniversary for the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee

September marked a very special anniversary for the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee (NORMAC) Executive Officer Annie Jarrett. On 7 September 1993, Annie Jarrett accepted the position of NORMAC Executive Officer and has been in the role ever since. She has also had and still holds many other roles in the operation of the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), the ...

How does AFMA get scientific advice for fisheries?

We care about Australian fisheries and we want to make sure we are doing things right. How do we make sure? Well, with help from our 11 Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs) one for each major fishery group. RAGs provide us with expert advice on fish stocks, target and non-target species as well as the broader impact of fishing on the ...

Tropical Tuna Resource Assessment Group

A Tropical Tuna Resource Assessment Group meeting was recently held in Mooloolaba. The main focus of the meeting was the discussion of recommended catches for Striped marlin and Broadbill swordfish, and the provision of stock status advice for Yellowfin tuna, Albacore tuna and Bigeye tuna in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery. The Group also discussed the outcomes of the ...

AFMA officers visit Torres Strait communities

During August 2013, some of our officers visited four eastern Torres Strait communities to explain what the new Torres Strait Finfish Fishery Management Plan 2013 (the Plan) means for them. AFMA officers visited the communities of Ugar (Stephens Island), Masig (Yorke Island), Erub (Darnley Island) and Mer (Murray Island). Officers outlined the objectives of the Plan, existing management arrangements for ...

A successful 2012-13 Compliance Year for the AFMA Compliance Team.

The AFMA National Compliance team had a productive year in 2012-13.with the program focussing  on issues such as quota evasion and balancing, Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) requirements, compliance with fisheries closures and interactions with protected species. During the year AFMA officers attended some 24 different ports on 64 occasions.  Our officers conducted 232 boat and 45 fish receiver inspections.  We ...

AFMA continues fight against fishing cheats

AFMA continues fight against fishing cheats ...

Illegal Fishers in AFMA’s sights

Illegal Fishers in AFMA’s sights ...

A face only we could love – blobfish crowned ugliest animal

At AFMA we care about all marine animals and this includes our friend the blobfish. ...

Upper-Slope Dogfishes given greater protection

AFMA implemented the revised Upper-Slope Dogfish Management Strategy in February 2013. This Strategy is designed to support the recovery of upper-slope dogfishes.  In May 2013 the then Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities decided to list Harrisson’s and Southern dogfish in the conservation dependent category of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Because of the efforts from ...

Quota Evasion – it’s stealing!

Quota Evasion’, ‘Skimming’ and ‘Misreporting’ is stealing! ...

Is Orange Roughy bouncing back?

Orange Roughy is a long lived deep water species found in many places around the world, including in waters off southern Australia. The species was heavily fished in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and is now managed in accordance with the Orange Roughy Conservation Program. At the moment, commercial fishing for Orange Roughy can only take place on the ...

International cooperation reaping results in the fight to stop illegal fishing

Following the successful interception of the illegal foreign fishing vessel, Thunder, in April 2013 where Malaysia and Indonesia thwarted attempts by the vessel to offload millions of dollars’ worth of illegal catch, Malaysia has again blocked a suspect vessel from entering its ports for unloading and refuelling. Alerted to the imminent arrival of the IUU mothership, Tiantai, by AFMA, Malaysia ...

Flathead for dinner tonight!

Coconut battered flathead with lime yoghurt and chilli oil.  Here is a different flathead batter for you to try (and its gluten free)! Ingredients: 10 - 12 flathead fillets (serves 4) Coconut Batter 2 eggs 2 Tbsp. coconut flour 1 Tbsp. glutent free baking powder ¼ cup of milk Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup shredded coconut Chili Oil ...

Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery is sustainable and rebuilding

Southern Bluefin Tuna can continue to be exported after the fishery was assessed as sustainable. The Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery was recently assessed under the international wildlife trade provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. AFMA and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry prepared an application to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities ...

AFMA enforces international fisheries rules

Many species of fish are highly migratory and swim between the waters of different countries and on the high seas. So, how does Australia work with other countries to manage these stocks? One way we do this is through active participation in international fisheries management organisations. Australia is a member of a number of such organisations, such as the Indian ...

ComFRAB reviews Expression of Interest

The Commonwealth Fisheries Research Advisory Body (ComFRAB) met in Canberra on 10 July 2013 to review initial expressions of interest for FRDC funded research commencing in 2014-15.  The expressions of interest addressed key research priorities identified for Commonwealth fisheries relating to: the development of practical and cost-effective methods for maximising net economic return in a multispecies fishery as a whole ...

Savour a scallop!

Scallop season is now open! ...

Changes to the Upper-Slope Dogfish Management Strategy for the power handline method

Are you a Commercial fisher who uses the power handline method of fishing? Do you have an interest in the Upper-slope Dogfish Management Strategy? Following recent scientific advice which suggests a high survival rate for Harrisson’s Dogfish when caught by power handline, AFMA is proposing the following amendments to the current power handline management arrangements: removing the 100% monitoring provisions (the normal 10% observer coverage requirements will still apply) removing the three dogfish trigger limit (a higher trigger limit may still apply) and associated move on provisions in some of the closures implemented under the strategy. AFMA is interested in your comments on this proposal ...

New software to detect fraud

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The Birds are coming! New ID guide to help identify seabirds

Seabirds have an important role in the marine environment, which in turn supports our fisheries. Seabirds are attracted to fishing boats—particularly when bycatch and offal is discarded—which brings them into harm’s way. That’s why we’ve put together a seabird identification guide which was funded by the Australian government’s Caring for Our Country initiative. The seabird identification guide will help you ...

Fisheries compliance levels high

During June and July 2013 a number of our fisheries officers were out and about conducting vessel and fish receiver inspections on the east coast of Australia. We had officers visit the ports at Mooloolaba in QLD, Lakes Entrance in Victoria, and Eden and Bermagui on the New South Wales south coast. They inspected 15 vessels fishing in the Eastern ...

Helping Papua New Guinean fishers

An AFMA officer went to Papua New Guinea (PNG) with a number of other government agencies as part of the Treaty Awareness Visit program. Under this program, Australian and PNG government agencies meet with people from the 13 PNG Torres Strait Treaty Villages, situated along the Southern Coastline of Western Province, PNG. We were there to discuss traditional fishing rights ...

Failure to reconcile quota on time proved costly for some fishers

While the vast majority of fishers have complied with the 28 day period, six Commonwealth concession holders recently had their fishing concessions suspended for failing to cover catches with quota in time. Three boats were ordered  to return to port and three others were ordered to keep their boats in port until their over catches were covered. The compliance action ...

Prawn spawn surveys

The second pre-season prawn spawning surveys have just been completed in the Northern Prawn Fishery. We do these surveys to find out how many spawning tiger prawns are in the region and estimate how many prawns will be available to sustainably catch in the coming season. An example of the results from the survey is pictured in this post. These ...

The Fog has lifted – fishery to reopen in Fog Bay

The Northern Prawn Fishery Industry Pty Ltd (NPFI) has proposed to remove the ‘Native Point’ seasonal closure within Fog Bay. The closure, launched in 2001, was based on advice from fishers that a closure should be established as a precautionary measure to protect small and spawning prawns in the bay. A scientific review of the closure, which is only in ...

New port access guidelines help stop illegal foreign fishing

AFMA has just released revised guidelines and an application form to help operators of foreign fishing boats wanting to access Australian ports. The guidelines provide practical advice on our port access requirements, and include a step by step guide to completing a port permit application form. The guidelines and form incorporate the new international standards. These were detailed in the ...

Talking sharks, seabirds & marine mammals

Last month AFMA hosted the 3rd Environmental Non-government Organisations (eNGO) liaison meeting. Representatives from a few government agencies came to the meeting as well as Greenpeace, Humane Society International and the Australian Marine Conservation Society. The three eNGOs provided a brief summary of the key issues they are currently working on. These included: the expanded Albacore Tuna fishery in the ...

Big MACs and Glad RAGs

Managing Commonwealth fisheries is our passion and in order to ensure that we have the best possible advice to do so we consult with fisheries stakeholders. Often this is through Management Advisory Committees (MACs) and Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs). MACs provide us with advice on fisheries management arrangements, research, compliance, and management costs while RAGs give us advice on the ...

Prawn crews collect critical data

Prawn crews collect critical data ...

Zero tolerance program having an effect

AFMA’s vessel monitoring system (VMS) zero-tolerance program has increased compliance rates without the need for AFMA to take any serious action against non-compliant operators. Compliance with rules for using the monitoring systems has risen to about 97 per cent. Under the zero-tolerance program, which has been running during May and June, AFMA educated operators about the need for VMS compliance ...

Fishers fined for fishy business

Two employees and a concession holder associated with The Fish Factory based in Adelaide, have been fined and their catch forfeited after illegally taking catch in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish & Shark Fishery. AFMA’s National Investigations Taskforce detected the fishing vessel ‘Peter Crombie’ illegally fishing and manipulating data recorded in fishing logbooks in 2011. The master of the fishing ...

Fishers continue to work to minimise seabird interactions

AFMA is working with industry members and other stakeholders to reduce the accidental catch of seabirds on demersal (bottom) longlines. Fishers must comply with a number of rules to reduce the risk of seabirds being injured or killed by fishing gear. For example, demersal longline fishers must not discharge fish offal whilst setting and hauling lines to avoid attracting seabirds.  ...

Torres Strait Fish in Islanders’ Hands

The Torres Strait Finfish Fishery has become the first wholly traditionally owned commercial fishery in Australia to have a Statutory Management Plan, giving greater certainty to fishers and the community. Former Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced the plan on the 13th of June at a meeting with the Torres Strait Regional Authority on Thursday Island ...

Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee meets at the Sydney Fish Markets

The Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee (TTMAC) met at the Sydney Fish Markets on 5 June and members were treated to a guided tour before the meeting, which included an opportunity to watch a fish auction. The TTMAC then considered advice from the Tropical Tuna Resource Assessment Group that Australia’s share of the tuna catch from the Coral Sea region ...

What do you think about AFMA’s fisheries compliance?

Here is your chance to have your say on the AFMA fisheries compliance program. Your feedback will help us identify areas for improvement and ensure our compliance and enforcement program remains relevant to a constantly changing environment. Your answers will be used to help us get a better picture of our program’s performance. This survey will be open until 30 ...

Southern Bluefin Tuna Core and Buffer Zones 2013

To minimise the risk of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) being taken in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) without quota, AFMA annually implements core and buffer zones for restricted access in the ETBF. This year’s Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) Zones have now been introduced in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF). The AFMA website has details of the ...

Wrapping Up the Banana Prawn Season

Following over two months of fishing, the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) banana prawn season concluded on 15 June. As expected, given the poor wet in many parts of Northern Australia, the total catch of banana prawns is down compared to recent  years, however there have been strong catches of red leg banana and tiger prawns during the season. Annie Jarrett, CEO of ...

Northern Prawn Fishery’s new recruits are prawn stars

Tiger Prawn stocks are looking great! ...

Green tick for the high seas fishery

Export approval has been re-granted to Australian operators fishing on the high seas for the next five years. AFMA and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) have worked closely with the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPAC) and the fishing industry to ensure the fishery continued to meet the requirements for export approval until 18 ...

AFMA staff now shipshape and safe!

Would you know what to do in an emergency on a vessel, or how to survive at sea if you’ve gone overboard? Well, for 12 lucky AFMA staff they now could help save the day! AFMA staff wanting to board a commercial vessel must complete ‘Elements of Ship Board Safety’ training. So recently we sent 12 more employees to learn ...

Catchwatch: Your new best mate

Seeing the amount of fish caught to date in Commonwealth fisheries has never been easier thanks to Catchwatch. Catchwatch reports are produced for the large scale fisheries using data from AFMA’s various data collection programs such as logbooks and catch disposal records. They enable AFMA and stakeholders to monitor the catch of key quota species and are now available on ...

The mystery of the green string – revealed!

Earlier this year, AFMA sought suggestions on the possible source of pieces of green twine - around 400 mm in length - that have been washing up on Macquarie Island over a period of years. It appears as though part of the puzzle may have been solved! Recently two AFMA Fisheries Officers boarded a South Korean longliner that was fishing ...

Industry jigs to a new tune

An industry initiative has led to a Mackerel jigging trial in 2013-14. Last year, AFMA was approached by a squid operator hoping to modify his current squid jig operation to investigate the viability of jigging for mackerel in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF). Following consultation with SPF advisory committees and the AFMA Commission, AFMA have allowed the trial of ...

Crackdown on vessel monitoring compliance

AFMA is preparing for its third ‘Operation VMS crackdown’ to make sure Commonwealth fishers are abiding by the rules for sustainable fishing. During June, following the success of similar campaigns, a zero tolerance approach will be taken to non-compliance with VMS requirements, in particular to have a working VMS. Any boat with a VMS unit that stops reporting during the ...

AFMA’s future direction – fishery stakeholders tell us their views

On 18 April 2013, AFMA hosted the inaugural AFMA Stakeholder Forum in Canberra.  The panel of five fishery stakeholders representing the Humane Society International, World Wildlife Fund, Commonwealth Fisheries Association, Game Fishers Association Australia and Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation came together to give their views on the future direction of AFMA.  Each panel member delivered a short presentation on their ...

AFMA’s strong measures result in zero sea lion deaths

No Australian Sea Lion deaths have been reported in any Commonwealth fishery since March 2012. This is confirmed by monitoring on every gillnet trip, either with video cameras or an Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) observer on board and is an excellent result for sea lion populations and the fishing industry. AFMA acted quickly to close an area of 6,300 ...

Thunder Struck

'Thunder' thwarted by strike force team ...

Australian toothfish – the sustainable choice

Australian-caught Patagonian toothfish has been labeled as ‘best choice’ ...

Hop to it – eat Aussie seafood this Easter

Support local fishers and buy Australian seafood this Easter long weekend ...

More sustainable seafood for Aussie consumers

More sustainable seafood for Aussie consumers ...

Northern prawn fishers walk the talk on sustainability

Commercial fishers from the sustainably accredited Northern Prawn Fishery will be undergoing new TAFE-recognised training on best-practice fishing before they go to sea in April this year. The Northern Prawn Fishery, which stretches across the top of the country from Western Australia to Queensland, recently became Australia's first tropical prawn fishery to receive the iconic ‘blue tick’ of sustainability from ...

Aussie seafood the best bet for sustainability

For sustainable seafood, think Australian. That’s the message AFMA has for seafood lovers this Sustainable Seafood Day ...

Commercial fishers are good sports about game fishing

AFMA is working with commercial tuna fishers to ensure that recreational and commercial fishing occurs harmoniously this game fishing season ...

Hook, lion and sinker: Gillnet closures save sea lion colonies

Additional fishery closures put in place a year ago to protect sea lions have been highly successful ...

AFMA aims to take out big fish

AFMA is continuing its tough stance on enforcing commercial fishing regulations ...

Plenty of fish in the sea, says Commonwealth fisheries report

A recently released report shows that management of Commonwealth fisheries is achieving excellent results ...

Illegal foreign fishing boat intercepted, crew detained

Border Protection Command (BPC) together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has apprehended a foreign fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing within Australian waters. On Saturday 1 December, a BPC Dash 8 surveillance aircraft detected the vessel approximately 50 nautical miles east of Ashmore Islands and within the Australian Fishing Zone. ACV Arnhem Bay, operating under the control of ...

Illegal blast fishers convicted and boats destroyed

Three Indonesian fishers convicted and boats destroyed for illegal ‘blast fishing' ...

Authorities apprehend fishing vessels off Broome and Tiwi Islands

Authorities apprehend fishing vessels off Broome and Tiwi Islands ...

AFMA Chair hits out at unlawful quota claims

AFMA Commission Chair, Michael Egan, said he was very confident that catch limits set by the Commission for the Small Pelagic Fishery were legal ...

AFMA enforcement gets tougher with new fisheries laws

                          A Bill passed by the House of Representatives last week will, if it becomes law, strengthen the compliance powers of the Commonwealth fisheries regulator. The Bill has now been referred to the Senate. Amendments to the Fisheries Management Act 1991 strengthen the ability of the Australian Fisheries ...

PNG traditional fishers help protect Australian fisheries

A new program to place identification labels on PNG traditional fishing boats will provide great benefits ...

Fishing regulator re-affirms management is watertight

AFMA has reassured those concerned about the 'super trawler', explaining that its robust management of fisheries will ensure fishing is sustainable ...

Unfair to compare Aus fisheries with northern hemisphere

AFMA says it is misleading to compare Australia’s fisheries management with Europe and Africa where some fisheries have collapsed. ...

Australia’s third Antarctic fishery receives sustainable certification

Australia’s Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery has been certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council ...

‘Super trawler’ fears unfounded

The Small Pelagic Fishery is managed by a strict quota management system ...

Fishing boats ordered to port for not following seabird rules

Four trawl vessels have been caught not using devices to prevent seabirds becoming caught in fishing gear ...

Fishing crew found guilty of seabird shootings

An investigation by AFMA has led to seven fishermen being convicted ...