Considering the views of stakeholders is an important part of AFMA’s management of Commonwealth fisheries, including the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF). On 16 October 2015, the independent AFMA Commission decided to trial a Scientific Panel, together with stakeholder forums, to enable more stakeholders to engage in the advisory process while maintaining the focus on the scientific and economic advice it is seeking.

The Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) Scientific Panel provides scientific and economic advice on the status of fish stocks, substocks, species (target and non-target species), the impact of fishing on the marine environment and application of the harvest strategy and harvest control rules adopted by the Commission for this fishery.

The Scientific Panel member’s consist of experienced generalist fisheries scientists, marine ecologists and natural resource management economists. The Scientific Panel members were appointed on 1 December 2015 for a trial period of two years.

The South East Management Advisory Committee will continue to provide advice on fishery management issues.

For further information on the use of the Scientific Panel and stakeholder forums please refer to the Scientific Panel Policy Paper (PDF,465KB)

Panel Meetings

2019 meetings

January meeting minutes

2018 meetings

November 2018

November meeting minutes

January 2018

January meeting minutes

2017 meetings

November 2017

November meeting minutes

The Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) Scientific Panel Met on 16/17 November in Melbourne. View the Panel’s draft recommendations / advice.

August 2017

August meeting minutes

February 2017

February meeting minutes

Panel archive

Information and presentations from previous panel meetings.


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

  • Mr Max Kitchell, Chair
  • Associate Professor Tim Ward, scientific member
  • Dr Jeremy Lyle, scientific member
  • Dr Sean Pascoe, economic member
  • Mr Andrew Penney, scientific member
  • Professor Caleb Gardner, invited expert (12 months)
  • Ms Sally Weekes, AFMA member

Contact Officer

Darci Wallis
Executive Officer
Tel: 02 6225 5555
Email: darci.wallis [at]