The Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee is the main forum for discussing fisheries management issues relating to the Northern Prawn Fishery, identifying problems and developing possible solutions. The committee provides management advice to the AFMA Commission and AFMA management on efficient and cost effective fisheries management.

The committee provides an opportunity for consultation between industry, managers, researchers, environment and conservation groups, and state government officers.

The Northern Prawn Fishery Resource Assessment Group provides scientific advice to the committee, AFMA management and the AFMA Commission. The committee uses this advice to inform their management advice.

Read more on the Northern Prawn Fishery Resource Assessment Group and Northern Prawn Fishery.

Recent discussion topics

The Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee has held one face-to-face meeting in 2017 to discuss details for amending the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan 1995 and the NPF Harvest Strategy to give effect to measures agreed by the AFMA Commission relating to autonomous adjustment.

View the February 2018 NORMAC meeting minutes (PDF, 548KB).

Next meeting

The next committee meeting will be held in January 2018.

Current research priorities

Current research priorities identified for the Northern Prawn Fishery:

  • stock assessments which are used to set the total allowable effort for tiger, common and red-legged banana prawns in accordance with the Northern Prawn Fishery Harvest Strategy
  • fishery independent surveys
  • collection and analysis of crew member and scientific observer data to confirm it meets criteria for use in monitoring populations of protected and at-risk species
  • ongoing research to identify devices and techniques to enhance bycatch reduction, and respond to changes in bycatch policy, and
  • river flow impacts on the fishery.

Research priorities for the fishery are detailed in the Northern Prawn Fishery annual and strategic research plans.

Past meetings

Past decisions and outcomes can be found on the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee past meetings page.


Members are appointed for the period 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2018.

  • Mr Stuart Richey, Chair
  • Mr Steve Bolton, AFMA member
  • Mr Ian Knuckey, research member
  • Claire van der Geest, environment/conservation member (until 24 August 2019)
  • Mr Arthur Raptis, industry  member
  • Mr David Carter, industry  member
  • Mr Gregory Albert, industry  member
  • Mr Ian Boot, industry  member
  • Mr Ron Earle, industry  member


Ian Butler
Manager Northern Prawn Fishery
Tel: 02 6225 5555
Email: ian.butler [at]