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 …

End of the line for illegal fishers

One foreign fisher has gone to jail and a further 29 illegal foreign fishers from two separate apprehensions have been convicted for breaches of the Fisheries Management Act 1991 (FMA Act) and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Appearing before the Darwin Magistrates Court on 22 December 2016, Quy Van Nguyen, a Vietnamese national, was charged …

Australia and France join forces to combat illegal fishing

Collaboration with our international counterparts is an important part of successful fisheries management. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Fisheries Officers routinely conduct joint patrols to help combat the global issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. From 21 November to 15 December 2016 two AFMA fisheries officers joined the French Navy on a three week fisheries patrol on board the …

Seafish Tasmania voluntary offer – Q2 reporting

In May 2016, a voluntary offer to recreational fishers was made by Seafish Tasmania regarding the operations of the Geelong Star in the 2016-17 Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) fishing year commencing 1 May 2016 and ending 30 April 2017. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has previously reported on the adherence to the offer up until 31 July 2016. Data …

Nothing rosey about this fishing operation

Commonwealth fishers doing the wrong thing will be caught as demonstrated with the conviction earlier this month of the skipper of the Commonwealth fishing vessel, Celtic Rose. On 1 December 2016, Mr Ashley McNamara was convicted in the Latrobe Valley Magistrate’s court for offences under the Fisheries Management Act 1991. The conviction carried a fine  of $1000 and the proceeds …

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 …

Graduates tackle fisheries – part 3

In part three of the 2016 graduate trilogy that is much better than the Matrix Revolutions, AFMA now introduces Sophie Fisher. Unlike the previous profiled graduates, Anna Whitton and Daniel Beard, Sophie’s ‘home’ agency is the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) where she will now be based. Sophie has undertaken three rotations across the year, two at AFMA and one …

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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 …

Things got a bit hairy in AFMA offices this Movember

When not ensuring the efficient and sustainable management of Commonwealth fish resources, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) staff members are busy raising awareness and funds for issues close to our hearts. Throughout the month of November AFMA staff (men and women) raised donations and awareness for men’s health issues. This year AFMA had a total of two teams taking …

AFMA Cost Recovery Implementation Statement approved

The new Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) has been approved by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce. It will be first used for cost recovery arrangements in the 2017-18 budget. Under the Australian Government Charging Framework and associated Cost Recovery Guidelines, AFMA was required prepare a new CRIS …

Levy rates and arrangements for 2016-17

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has set levy rates for 2016-17. As per previous years, the total levy for 2016-17 will be divided into three instalments. The first of the three invoices will be sent out on 10 January 2017, with payment due on 7 February 2017.  Invoices two and three will follow in March and May 2017. While …

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 …

Dropping a line with AFMA’s new Commissioner Renata Brooks

On 30 September 2016, AFMA welcomed a new Commissioner Renata Brooks to the independent AFMA Commission. Renata has been appointed until 30 June 2019. With her diverse experience in the areas of science and research, agriculture, fisheries, biosecurity, compliance and occupational safety Ms Brooks has already proved a valuable addition to the AFMA Commission. During a recent visit to Canberra, AFMA’s Graduate, …

AFMA Research Committee 2017 Call for research

The AFMA Research Committee (ARC) takes a leading role in determining research priorities and assessing proposals for funding by AFMA each year.  As part of its 2017 funding round, the ARC is making its annual public call for expressions of interest (EOI) to address research priorities identified for potential AFMA funding in 2017-18. The ARC met on 27 September 2016 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

Getting out of the red – Redfish Rebuilding Strategy 2016-2021

To help increase the redfish stock, AFMA has released the Redfish Rebuilding Strategy 2016 – 2021. Redfish (Centroberyx affinis or sometimes known as nannygai) are found in south eastern Australia and are a popular eating species. Large catches of redfish were landed in the south-east during the 1980s and 1990s. In more recent years catches have declined and a stock …

Bycatch handling – know your responsibilities

A healthy marine environment is fundamental to sustainable fisheries, this means managing the impact of fishing is a pivotal part of fisheries management. In line with this, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is committed to improving handling practices for bycatch species caught during fishing operations. To further ensure that fishers use best practice when handling bycatch, AFMA has recently …

Revised Geelong Star Vessel Management Plan

All midwater trawl vessels fishing in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) must have a Vessel Management Plan (VMP) approved by AFMA before they start fishing. This is a legal requirement and is a condition on the fishing concession to allow operators to fish within the fishery. A review of the VMP for the FV Geelong Star was recently completed. The …

FRDC releases new science

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) has today released three reports related to seismic surveys and the fishing industry: Optimising processes and policy to minimise business and operational impacts of seismic surveys on the fishing industry and oil and gas industry Potential short-term impacts of marine seismic surveys on scallops in the Gippsland Basin Assessing the impact of marine …

AFMA Commissioner appointments

Media release The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes new Commissioner Renata Brooks to the independent AFMA Commission. Ms Brooks has been appointed until 30 June 2019. In welcoming Ms Brooks, AFMA’s Chairman, Mr Norman Moore AM, acknowledged her extensive experience in natural resource management, including as Deputy Director General Land and Natural Resources in the New South Wales Department …

Commonwealth fisheries going swimmingly

Media release Commonwealth fisheries have taken a hat-trick for sustainability with the latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) Fishery status reports 2016 showing that for the third year in a row, no fishery solely managed by the Commonwealth is subject to overfishing. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) acting CEO, Dr Nick Rayns said the reports …

New science released by FRDC

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) has today released the report, Critical knowledge gaps: estimating potential maximum cumulative anthropogenic mortality limits of key marine mammal species to inform management. The report assesses known information about a range of marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and dolphins.  The report provides expert advice on population status of these marine mammals …

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Illegal fishing will not be tolerated

Joint media release: Australian Border Force and Australian Fisheries Management Authority Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have apprehended a foreign fishing vessel, believed to be Vietnamese, on Saturday (3 September), suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters. The vessel was intercepted near Dianne Bank, approximately 250 nautical miles …

From inland frost to fishing

Last week, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) Andrew Trappett shared his experiences about his time as the inaugural South East Trawl Industry Association (SETFIA) Liaison Officer.  AFMA now introduces Liaison Officer Danait Ghebrezgabhier who has now left the balmy, warm winter of Canberra to take up the role in Lakes Entrance following Andrew’s successful tenure of this position over the …

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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 …

Ghost net removed from Australian waters north of Darwin

Joint media release Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority A joint operation by Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has seen the retrieval of a significant abandoned fishing net, commonly referred to as a ghost net, from Australia’s northern waters. The ghost net was sighted …

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Indonesian fishing vessel apprehended off Darwin

Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have apprehended an Indonesian fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing off the coast of the Northern Territory yesterday morning. The vessel was first spotted by an MBC aircraft during a surveillance flight. HMAS Maryborough responded to the sighting and after a short pursuit, …

Reel-y good time to celebrate Australia’s sustainable fisheries

Media release Fishing, be it commercial or recreational, is an integral part of the Australian economy and lifestyle, and with Sunday 16 October being the inaugural Gone Fishing Day there has never been a better time to celebrate our Australian fisheries. Across Australia, events and workshops are being held to encourage people to ‘wet a line’ and enjoy all that …

Ghost net retrieval, a work of art

Joint media release: Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Immigration and Border Protection Following a joint operation by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF), a large ghost net has been removed from the Arafura Sea, north-east of Darwin. The abandoned gillnet was sighted by Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Byron …

Wild ling – you make our hearts sing

Media release It’s Friday. It’s been a long week. You’re tired. The thought of cooking makes you cringe. You pick up the take-away menu and think, ‘What am I going to order?’ All of sudden you see it on the menu – Australian pink ling. And you know that’s the answer! Not only will pink ling taste great tonight as …

AFMA Commissioner appointments

Media release The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) welcomes new Commissioner Renata Brooks to the independent AFMA Commission. Ms Brooks has been appointed until 30 June 2019. In welcoming Ms Brooks, AFMA’s Chairman, Mr Norman Moore AM, acknowledged her extensive experience in natural resource management, including as Deputy Director General Land and Natural Resources in the New South Wales Department …

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