Volume 11, Issue 9, November 2014

  • Recent apprehension of Bodhis
  • Vessel monitoring system alert services
  • Illegal foreign vessel apprehended in the Torres Strait
  • Operation Kuru Kuru tackles illegal fishing in the Pacific
  • AFMA’s new website
  • AFMA research call for 2015!
  • Two illegal foreign fishing vessels apprehended north-west of Darwin
  • Australia’s science-based fisheries management reaping rewards
  • Australia-Papua New Guinea Treaty Cycle meetings 2014

Volume 11, Issue 8, October 2014

  • Seven ways AFMA has reduced red tape
  • Service One – supporting our fishing industry
  • New AFMA Commission meets for the first time
  • Building a better future for seabirds and the fishing industry
  • Longliners and AFMA take further action to protect seabirds
  • South east trawl on track to cut seabird interactions
  • New shark and manta ray requirements
  • Changes to the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery
  • Pink ling east – where more than 250 kilograms per day is too much
  • Catch limits for the Eastern and Western Tuna and Billfish Fisheries
  • Commonwealth scallop fishery has a good start to 2014
  • Recreational and Environmental stakeholders asked for their view on the latest Small Pelagic Fishery Management and Science
  • Sustainable fishing assured through good management, industry commitment and sound science

Volume 11, Issue 7, September 2014

  • 2015 Science and Innovation Awards now open
  • AFMA supports the Australian National Internships Program
  • AFMA Liaison Officer appointed to the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation
  • CSIRO marine research vessel, RV Investigator
  • Northern Prawn Fishery Crew Member Observer program
  • Good year for lobster lovers
  • Nest to Ocean Turtle Protection Program
  • Using social media to net in illegal fishing
  • Australia and France join forces on the High Seas
  • Call us, before we call on you!
  • Salvaging a Calamity

Volume 11, Issue 6, August 2014

  • New software to detect fraud
  • Eastern Pink Ling landings on track for sustainability
  • AFMA gifts forfeited boats to Papua New Guinea
  • AFMA Industry port visits
  • World first MSC Certification for Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Operator
  • Better than expected banana prawn season
  • Deep sea cameras reveal limited impact of fishing around Heard Island
  • Trade measurement laws and regulations that apply to the seafood industry
  • Excellence in records and information management
  • Management workshops

Volume 11, Issue 5, July 2014

  • New AFMA Chair Welcomes the New Commission
  • Australia-Indonesia: Fisheries Management/Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Training Program
  • Introduction of the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Alert Service
  • Trial opening of Black Teatfish fishery set to benefit Torres fishers
  • Minor changes to AFMA’s Information Disclosure Policy
  • Streamlining quota reconciliation a big success
  • “Operation Blue Eye” June 2014
  • AFMA Looking at Fisher’s Costs
  • The Castella Rosa – working to reduce the risk to seabirds in the Commonwealth Trawl Sector

Volume 11, Issue 4, June 2014

  • Bass Strait Scallop Fishery to Open under a New Harvest Strategy
  • AFMA takes a fresh look at ‘Manual Reporting’
  • Small Pelagic Fishery Total Allowable Catches for the 2014-15 season
  • Turtles don’t belong in the Bilge
  • Updated rules for Resource Assessment Groups
  • Members sought for the Northern Prawn Fishery Resource Assessment Group (NPRAG)

Volume 11, Issue 3, April 2014

  • AFMA observers wrap up ocean sunfish sampling
  • Fish taking a bite in the Bight
  • AFMA Simplifies Rules and Increases Security of Statutory Fishing Rights
  • Northern Prawn Season Kicks Off for 2014
  • Dogfish exclusion trials underway south of Sydney
  • Fish receivers reminded to do the right thing
  • AFMA Participates in Operation Rai Balang
  • Reminder – AFMA Commission Public Meeting 28 April 2014
  • Protected Zone Joint Authority Stakeholder Meeting

Volume 11, Issue 2, March 2014

  • Fishers caught out
  • A Jawsome new handling guide for Sharks and Rays
  • Reducing red tape- simplified licensing arrangements
  • AFMA Commission Public Meeting 28 April 2014
  • How to help those that need it most – fisher’s responsibilities for bycatch and protected species
  • More fish for Aussie consumers
  • Renee Vajtauer – new Executive Officer for Commonwealth Fisheries Association
  • Market Testing the Observer Program
  • AFMA’s new graduates
  • Northern Prawn Fishery pre-season surveys
  • Australia-Indonesia: Fisheries Management /Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) training program
  • Recipe – Blue Grenadier Pie

Volume 11, Issue 1 – February 19 2014

  • Greater protection for seabirds on the high seas
  • Fish receiver inspection “blitz” conducted in Tasmanian ports
  • AFMA data a big hit
  • We want you to share your experiences with AFMA!
  • Fishing for school resources? AFMA has you covered
  • Congratulations Michael!
  • Commonwealth fishers strive to improve their environmental performance
  • Trawl industry works to protect seabirds
  • RECIPE – Prawn and Mango Rice Paper Rolls
  • A Fish Tale Review
Volume 10, Issue 11 – 20 December 2013

  • AFMA fish go GREEN!
  • Sustainable Squid – Total Allowable Effort maintained
  • Northern Prawn Fishery leads the way on sustainability
  • Fishers get the VMS message: ‘Fail to Report, End up in Port’
  • East Australian Tuna harvest strategy upgraded
  • National Seafood Industry Leadership Program
  • Targeting Fishing Fraud
  • Follow the leaders in prawn fishery management
  • Recipe – Crispy Squid with Wasabi Mayonnaise

Volume 10, Issue 10 – 11 November 2013

  • Vale AFMA Board Chairman Jim McColl
  • Targeting fishing fraud
  • Explore fisheries with our interactive map!
  • A day in the life of…
  • Safety doesn’t happen by accident
  • Fishing for school resources? AFMA has you covered
  • Fly me to the moon – the 2014 AFMA Moon Calendar is now available
  • Tuna catch limits to be considered
  • Revisit an old classic – the Prawn Cocktail
  • Australia-Papua New Guinea Treaty Cycle Meetings 2013
  • Care to Chair one of our Advisory Committees?

Volume 10, Issue 9 – 15 October 2013

  • Australia and Indonesia tackle illegal fishing together
  • Singing the praise of new fishing gear
  • Catch some fish data!
  • 2013-14 National (Domestic) Compliance Program Launched
  • Fail to Report, End up in Port
  • Eastern Pink Ling gets a break – new trip limits in place
  • Special anniversary for the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee
  • How does AFMA get scientific advice for fisheries?
  • Tropical Tuna Resource Assessment Group
  • AFMA officers visit Torres Strait communities
  • A successful 2012-13 Compliance Year for the AFMA Compliance Team.

Volume 10, Issue 8 – 16 September 2013

  • A face only we could love – blobfish crowned ugliest animal
  • Upper-Slope Dogfishes given greater protection
  • Quota Evasion – it’s stealing!
  • Is Orange Roughy bouncing back?
  • International cooperation reaping results in the fight to stop illegal fishing
  • Flathead for dinner tonight!
  • Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery is sustainable and rebuilding
  • AFMA enforces international fisheries rules
  • ComFRAB reviews Expression of Interest

Volume 10, Issue 7 – 07 August 2013

  • The Birds are coming! New ID guide to help identify seabirds
  • Fisheries compliance levels high
  • Helping Papua New Guinean fishers
  • Failure to reconcile quota on time proved costly for some fishers
  • Prawn spawn surveys
  • The Fog has lifted – fishery to reopen in Fog Bay
  • New port access guidelines help stop illegal foreign fishing
  • Talking sharks, seabirds & marine mammals
  • Big MACs and Glad RAGs
  • Prawn crews collect critical data

Volume 10, Issue 6 – 10 July 2013

  • Catchwatch: Your new best mate
  • AFMA staff now shipshape and safe!
  • Green tick for the high seas fishery
  • Northern Prawn Fishery’s new recruits are prawn stars
  • Wrapping Up the Banana Prawn Season
  • Southern Bluefin Tuna Core and Buffer Zones 2013
  • What do you think about AFMA’s fisheries compliance?
  • Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee meets at the Sydney Fish Markets
  • Torres Strait Fish in Islanders’ Hands
  • Fishers continue to work to minimise seabird interactions
  • Fishers fined for fishy business
  • Zero tolerance program having an effect

Volume 10, Issue 5 – 22 May 2013

  • The mystery of the green string – revealed
  • Industry jigs to a new tune
  • Crackdown on vessel monitoring compliance
  • AFMA’s future direction – fishery stakeholders tell us their views
  • AFMA and the Territory work wonders with compliance
  • AFMA observer gets a dash of Chile
  • Fishers do their bit to protect seabirds
  • The AFMA Moon Calendar is back!
  • Who has access to Electronic Monitoring data?
  • AFMA takes part in Coral Sea patrol
  • Changes to Southern Bluefin Tuna Management Zones in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery

Volume 10, Issue 4 – 19 April 2013

  • Industry innovation is saving birds in the South East Trawl
  • Australia’s marine resources key to our economic future
  • Patagonian Toothfish Total Allowable Catches set for 2013/14
  • E-monitoring now available for all Commonwealth fisheries
  • GoFish now available to Apple MAC users
  • AFMA Commission’s Annual Public Meeting
  • Northern Prawn fishers accredited in bycatch reduction
  • Invitation for submissions on proposed Management Plan amendments in the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery and South-East Scalefish and Shark fishery
  • AFMA officers work with Timor Leste to Combat Illegal Fishing
  • Members wanted for Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs)
  • Call for nominations: South East Management Advisory Committee and Great Australian Bight Management Advisory Committee
  • Northern Prawn Fishery Marine Stewardship Council Certified Tiger Prawns feature at Japanese Aussie Food Fair
  • Western and Central Pacific Ocean activities – Operation RAI BALANG

Volume 10, Issue 3 – 02 April 2013

  • A slugs life
  • Free mapping tool for Australian fish
  • Quota flexibility for 2013 fishing season
  • Payment plans for 2012-13 levies now available
  • Indonesia and Australia coordinate patrols
  • Northern prawn fishers walk the talk on sustainability
  • AFMA finds high levels of compliance
  • More sustainable seafood for Aussie consumers
  • Management Advisory Committee (MAC) Chair appointments
  • Tough stance against non-compliance

Volume 10, Issue 2 – 22 February 2013

  • Kids get hooked on sustainable fisheries
  • AFMA aims to take out big fish
  • Hook, lion and sinker: Gillnet closures save sea lion colonies
  • Research projects set to assist Torres Strait fisheries
  • Observers kick off ocean sunfish sampling
  • AFMA gets new VMS system
  • Northern Prawn Fishery pre-season surveys
  • AFMA cracks down on holiday VMS breaches
  • Fisheries to get standard quota rules
  • Amendments improve Macquarie Island Toothfish plan
  • Call for Southern Bluefin Tuna advisory committee nominations

Volume 10, Issue 1 – 17 January 2013

  • Plenty of fish in the sea, says Commonwealth fisheries report
  • AFMA to assist research on turtle tangles
  • Macquarie Island mystery
  • AFMA helps petroleum and fishing industries to share the ocean
  • Australian high seas season starts on a positive note
  • 2013 management arrangements unchanged for the Northern Prawn Fishery
  • Southern squid jig season gets underway
Volume 9, Issue 17 – 20 December 2012

  • Southern Bluefin Tuna stock strong as new season starts
  • AFMA and Border Protection Command unite against illegal foreign fishing
  • AFMA keeps fishing fees low
  • AFMA hosts the Caribbean
  • Innovative science sheds new light on Southern Bluefin Tuna stock
  • AFMA goes viral
  • Australia leads international cooperation in the Southern Ocean
  • AFMA escalates compliance action to protect seabirds
  • Operation Kuru Kuru tackles illegal fishing in the Pacific

Volume 9, Issue 16- 30 November 2012

  • Illegal blast fishers convicted and boats destroyed
  • Suspected illegal foreign fishers detained off Darwin
  • Australia’s largest prawn fishery receives sustainable ‘blue tick’ of approval
  • New fee-for-service arrangements to enhance service and increase efficiency
  • New levy formula ensures fairer cost sharing in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery
  • Trials show new gear in tuna longline fisheries better for crew and seabirds
  • Upper-Slope Dogfish management poses potential consequences for the industry
  • Fishers tune up sustainability strategies
  • DAFF asks for comment on bycatch and harvest strategy policy reviews
  • Prawn fishers reminded to comply with turtle bycatch rules in the Northern Prawn Fishery

Volume 9, Issue 15 – 25 October 2012

  • Bycatch devices keep seabirds safe
  • AFMA’s eye in the sky picks up missing boat IDs
  • AFMA’s management of ecological fishing risks to improve under new project
  • Comments invited on the proposed amendment to the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery Management Plan 2006
  • Authorities apprehend fishing vessels off Broome and Tiwi Islands

Volume 9, Issue 14 – 28 September 2012

  • AFMA applauds Austral Fisheries for seafood award
  • Fisheries research proposals assessed
  • AFMA inspects ‘super trawler’
  • AFMA simplifies quota reconciliation in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery
  • AFMA and the northern prawn fishing industry work together to reduce costs
  • Research project ‘Operation Snapshot’ wraps up in Indonesia
  • AFMA facilitates Regional Plan of Action workshop
  • Resource assessment group agrees on total allowable catch for the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster
  • Resource assessment groups review the status of fish stocks
  • 2012-13 fisheries compliance program identifies key risks
  • Stock assessments complete for three species in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery
  • AFMA Commission public meeting, Coffs Harbour, 23 October

Volume 9, Issue 13 – 23 August 2012

  • Fishing regulator re-affirms management is watertight
  • Research expedition shows Orange Roughy bouncing back
  • Papua New Guinean traditional fishers help protect Australian fisheries
  • Electronic monitoring shows promise for Commonwealth fisheries
  • Indonesian Fisheries Officers visit AFMA
  • Northern prawn industry association delivers pre-season briefings
  • Bass Strait Scallop Fishery opens
  • AFMA focuses on quota fraud offences
  • Northern Prawn Fishery crew member observers prepare for Tiger Prawn season
  • Northern Prawn Fishery bycatch reduction device assessment report
  • Vessel monitoring system compliance rates increase to 98 per cent

Volume 9, Issue 12 – 20 July 2012

  • Fishers lift game for perfect compliance with seabird rules
  • AFMA and industry work hard to reduce costs for fishers
  • Australia leads the way in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
  • AFMA calls for industry members for gillnet, hook and trap working group
  • New technology could improve at sea data collection
  • AFMA and industry agree to improve east coast Southern Bluefin Tuna arrangements
  • New regulations to ensure the sustainable management of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks
  • Fishos on patrol
  • Tran-Tasman meeting explores best-practice fisheries compliance
  • New management advisory committee members appointed
  • Australian turtle excluder devices given the thumbs up

Volume 9, Issue 11 – 29 June 2012

  • Did you know…?
  • AFMA Update now published monthly
  • AFMA keeps the public up to date on possible entry of factory vessel in Small Pelagic Fishery
  • AFMA attends Careers Day at Thursday Island
  • AFMA program to give crews sustainability qualifications
  • Trawl vessels complying with seabird rules
  • Next Gen Farmers grant scheme assists NPF crew member observer program
  • Levy disallowance motion withdrawn
  • Fishos on patrol
  • Focus on: National Surveillance and Response team

Volume 9, Issue 10 – 13 June 2012

  • Australia’s third Antarctic fishery receives sustainable certification
  • Industry leading the way, monitoring sustainability in the NPF
  • Cross-endorsed fishing operations allow Australia and Papua New Guinea to share Torres lobster catch
  • Australia well represented amongst wealth of information at 6th World Fisheries Congress
  • Fisheries crackdown targets high-tech vessel monitoring
  • Technological fix sees prawn operators able to send data more easily

Volume 9, Issue 9 – 24 May 2012

  • Did you know?
  • Statistics show healthier fish stocks and improved profits in Commonwealth fisheries
  • Shark fishers focus on sustainability
  • At-sea inspection shows prawn fishers operating responsibly
  • AFMA participates in joint operations in Pacific Ocean
  • Australia plays host to Indian Ocean Tuna Commission meetings
  • Fishing boats ordered to port for not following seabird rules
  • Fishos on patrol
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery re-accredited for five years
  • Amendments to Southern Bluefin Tuna plan underway
  • Core and buffer zones for Southern Bluefin Tuna implemented in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery

Volume 9, Issue 8 – 9 May 2012

  • Indonesian illegal fishers convicted and fined
  • Great Australian Bight operators helping keep their fishery sustainable
  • AFMA Client Survey
  • Countries unite to eliminate illegal vessels from their ports
  • Did you know……?

Volume 9, Issue 7 – 26 April 2012

  • Did you know…?
  • New observers learn the ropes aboard the Tara Lyn
  • AFMA pleased with increase in on-time levy payments
  • Fishing crew found guilty of seabird shootings
  • AFMA celebrates 20 years of managing Commonwealth fisheries
  • Eastern Tuna fishery to implement international shark retention ban
  • Paul reflects on 20 years at AFMA
  • Fishos on patrol

Volume 9, Issue 6 – 12 April 2012

  • You can’t go wrong with Aussie seafood this Easter
  • AFMA closes further areas in the shark gillnet sector to protect sea lions and dolphins
  • Australia continues its strong stance on illegal foreign fishing
  • Australia secures future fish stocks with two new treaties
  • International plan for Arafura and Timor Seas region set to reduce illegal fishing
  • Torres Strait Islanders fish for research
  • International operation helps improve regional cooperation for stronger fisheries law enforcement
  • Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) pre-season banana prawn briefings
  • Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee Meeting Outcomes
  • Meeting with environment and industry groups fosters better understanding on fisheries issues

Volume 9, Issue 5 – 30 March 2012

  • More local fish on Aussie tables next season: Healthy scalefish and shark stocks lead to increase in catch limits
  • Keeping our fisheries strong
  • AFMA Officers provide training to Royal Australian Navy
  • Australia at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Annual Meeting this week
  • Fishos on patrol
  • Public register available to assist quota trading

Volume 9, Issue 4 – 22 March 2012

  • Australian fish: a sustainable and healthy choice
  • AFMA toothfish fishery receives coveted certification
  • AFMA officers travel to Indonesia to share fisheries information
  • AFMA visits Torres Strait communities
  • Australia and Indonesia exchange fisheries officers to build experience
  • Fishos on patrol
  • Marine life saved as large ghost net retrieved from Ashmore Reef
  • Environment department invites comment on Torres Strait Finfish Fishery Strategic Assessment
  • AFMA applies for export approval for Commonwealth Western Trawl Fisheries

Volume 9, Issue 3 – 3 March 2012

  • AFMA closes second area in scalefish and shark fishery following sea lion deaths
  • Regional cooperation wth Malaysia nets results
  • AFMA reflects on success of co-management as project nears conclusion
  • Southern and eastern scalefish and shark operators face compliance action over quota breaches
  • Skipjack tuna fishery receives best accreditation from environment department
  • Court ruling proves that failure to balance quota is costly
  • Eastern skipjack operators now required to cover byproduct with quota
  • Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery operators urged to observe rules as 2012 season opens
  • Management plans amended for sub-Antarctic fisheries
  • Fishos on patrol

Volume 9, Issue 2 – 15 February 2012

  • AFMA turns 20 years old
  • Brian Jeffriess honoured for service to the fishing industry
  • Gillnet closure to further protect Australian sea lions
  • AFMA destroys foreign fishing vessel
  • Caring For Our Country projects on track to reduce bycatch
  • New agreement sees AFMA and NT Police working together in the Timor Reef Fishery
  • Fishos on patrol
  • Comments invited on draft Torres Strait Finfish Fishery Management Plan
  • Comment invited on draft strategic assessment of the Northern Prawn Fishery

Volume 9, Issue 1 – 18 January 2012

  • Management and research levies 2012-12
  • AFMA role focus: Port Sampler
  • Total allowable commercial catch figures determined for tuna fisheries
  • Commonwealth agencies cooperate on ghostnet retrieval
  • Comment period extended for draft Quota Administration Policy
  • Preliminary Protected Species Interaction Reports now available on the AFMA website
  • ScallopMAC appointments
  • Australian Tuna and Billfish Fisheries Bycatch and Discarding Workplan 2011-13