The Sub-Antarctic Management Advisory Committee (SouthMAC) is the principal forum where issues relating to the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery and the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery are discussed, problems identified and possible solutions developed.

It also provides an avenue for consultation between industry, managers, researchers, environment and conservation groups, and government officers. The committee continues to be AFMA’s main source of advice on the management of the sub-Antarctic fisheries. The committee holds an annual public meeting each year.

Recent discussion topics

  • Extension of Macquarie Island Toothfish longline season
  • Management arrangement for new boats in the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery (HIMI)
  • 2020/21 budget process
  • Update on US Marine Mammal Imports

Download the SouthMAC - March 2020 (PDF)

Past meetings

Past decisions and outcomes can be found on the Sub-Antarctic Management Advisory Committee past meetings page.


  • Mr Peter Neville, Chair
  • Mr Brodie Macdonald, AFMA member
  • Dr Philippe Ziegler, research member
  • Ms Lyn Goldsworthy, environment/conservation member
  • Mr Rhys Arangio, industry  member
  • Mr Malcolm McNeil, industry  member
  • Ms Lihini Weragoda, government member


Claire Wallis
Executive Officer
Tel: 02 6225 5555
Email: claire.wallis [at]