7 August 2013
AFMA fisheries officer inspects the unloading of Blue Eye Trevalla in Eden

AFMA fisheries officer inspects the unloading of Blue Eye Trevalla in Eden

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 Tuna and Billfish Fishery, Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery, and the High Seas fishery.

Officers reported that compliance levels were high with no offences detected.

Our officers were paying close attention to the landing of Southern Bluefin Tuna as at this time of year the fish are migrating up the east coast. The officers also kept an eye out for fishers completing their mandatory Catch Documentation Scheme paperwork. One vessel master in QLD was issued with a verbal warning for failing to record discards in the vessel’s AL06 logbook. In NSW things looked pretty good.

For more information, contact Glen Salmon, Manager, National Compliance Operations Unit on or 6225 5395 glen.salmon@afma.gov.au.