25 January 2017

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) today released information to the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) on behalf of the Australian Marine Conservation Society’s (AMCS) on the fishing operations of the Geelong Star in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF), as part of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

AFMA maintains that some information collected from fishing vessels and operators is commercially sensitive and/or raises privacy issues so it should not be publicly released. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner agreed with this position.

Images released today support information that was previously made available through existing public reporting mechanisms. Previous reporting has also included the notices as listed below. This is an extensive amount of information about just one boat out of the more than 300 that fish in Commonwealth fisheries

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) regularly publishes large amounts of Commonwealth fisheries data, including the catch of commercial species and protected species interactions, outside of FOI process.

Information released about the Geelong Star included:

Further information on the FOI request can be found at afma.gov.au.