CHAIRMAN’S AND CEO’S REVIEW

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2010–11

We continued to make strong progress towards our goals for the reporting period.

Following the development and ministerial approval of a revised management plan for the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery we introduced output controls in the form of individually transferable quotas to this fishery. This is in line with the Australian Government’s policy preference for management of fisheries by output controls. In addition we continued to progress the introduction of output controls in the Northern Prawn Fishery.

We continued to effectively deter illegal fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone through our cooperative work with other Australian Government agencies working through the Border Protection Command. Foreign illegal fishing apprehensions in Australian waters are at an 18 year low, reflecting a significant reduction in illegal fishing activity.

We completed work on an extensive review of regulations to simplify and streamline Commonwealth fisheries legislation to make it simpler to understand and more consistent across fisheries.

The Hon Michael Egan, Chairman of AFMA’s Commission, presented the award for Winner of Best Supplier (Interstate or Overseas) at the 2011 Sydney Fish Market Seafood to Elisha Yahel, General Manager of OPC Fish and Lobster, Excellence Awards- photo Sydney Fish Markets

The Hon Michael Egan, Chairman of AFMA’s Commission, presented the award for Winner of Best Supplier (Interstate or Overseas) at the 2011 Sydney Fish Market Seafood to Elisha Yahel, General Manager of OPC Fish and Lobster, Excellence Awards- photo Sydney Fish Markets

Management for sustainable fisheries continues to improve through formal harvest strategies under the Commonwealth Harvest Strategy Policy
and continued trials of co-management with the fishing industry. To date the trials have indicated that the fishing industry is keen to take a greater role in the administration of Australian fisheries.

Our environmental risk assessment process further matured during this period with our ecological risk assessments showing that more than 96 percent of marine species potentially affected by fishing are at low or moderate risk under our current management arrangements.

We took decisive action through the implementation of closures and increased observer coverage to protect non target species in the Gillnet, Hook and Trap Sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery. The changes were designed to offer better protection to non-target species in the fishery, particularly Australian Sea Lions, and to improve data collection on interactions with threatened, endangered and protected species.

AFMA CEO James Findlay and Daniel Takai from Pearl Island Seafoods discuss tropical rock lobster management on Thursday Island-photo by AFMA

AFMA CEO James Findlay and Daniel Takai from Pearl Island Seafoods discuss tropical rock lobster management on Thursday Island-photo by AFMA

Our report for this period provides quantitative information on our performance over the last year.