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18 September 2018
Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Assistant Minister

We have much pleasure in presenting to you the annual report of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) for the financial year ended 30 June 2018. This report also includes AFMA’s Annual Performance Statement for 2017–18. During 2017–18, AFMA provided the Australian community with well-managed Commonwealth commercial fisheries. Not only did these fisheries contribute some $380 million in gross value of production, but for the fifth consecutive year, no fish stocks managed solely by AFMA were subject to overfishing – this result is world leading. Compliance activities by AFMA officers ensured that these valuable and sustainable fish resources were not undermined by illegal fishing. In addition, recognising the high expectations of all stakeholders, AFMA continues to reduce the risk of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing impacting on the health of the marine environment. Telling this story to raise community understanding and trust in AFMA to deliver positive outcomes for ecologically sustainable development remains one of our major challenges.

This report has been prepared in accordance with section 87 of the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 and in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Non-corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting) Rule 2014, approved by the Minister for Finance under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

In addition, and as required under section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014, we certify that we are satisfied that AFMA has:

  • prepared fraud risk assessments and fraud control plans
  • in place appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, recording or reporting mechanisms that meet the specific needs of the agency
  • taken all reasonable measures to appropriately deal with fraud relating to the agency.

We give the report to you for presentation to Parliament as required under section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Yours sincerely

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Helen Kroger

Chairman

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Dr James Findlay

Chief Executive Officer