The Great Australian Bight Management Advisory Committee (GABMAC) is the principle forum where issues relating to the Great Australian Bight Trawl Sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery are discussed, problems identified and possible solutions developed.

The committee is advised by the Great Australian Bight Resource Assessment Group on the status of fish stocks, sub stocks, species (target and non-target), the impact of fishing on the marine environment and the type of information needed for stock assessments.

It also provides an avenue for consultation between industry, managers, researchers, environment/conservation and state government officers. The committee continues to be AFMA’s main source of advice on the management of the sector.

Recent discussion topics

  • GABT Orange Roughy Research Plan 2016-2020 review
  • Orange Roughy Rebuilding Strategy five year review
  • Upper Slope Dogfish Management Strategy review.

Download the March 2021 GABMAC meeting minutes (PDF)

Next meeting

The next committee meeting is scheduled for 17 November 2021.

Current research priorities

  • assessment of target species
  • Integrated Scientific Monitoring Program
  • seabird mitigation measures in trawl fisheries.

Past meetings

Past decisions and outcomes can be found on the Great Australian Bight Management Advisory Committee past meetings page.


Members are appointed for the period 1 July 2019 until 30 June 2022.

  • Mr Barry Windle, Chair
  • Mr Daniel Corrie, AFMA member
  • Dr Steven Rust, economic member
  • Mr Lance Lloyd, research member
  • Ms Anissa Lawrence, environment/conservation member
  • Mr Neil MacDonald, industry member
  • Mrs Marcia Valente, industry member
  • Mr Jim Raptis, industry member


Mr Aaron Puckeridge

Executive Officer

Tel: 02 6225 5340
Email: Aaron.Puckeridge [at]