7 August 2013

AFMA has just released revised guidelines and an application form to help operators of foreign fishing boats wanting to access Australian ports. The guidelines provide practical advice on our port access requirements, and include a step by step guide to completing a port permit application form.

The guidelines and form incorporate the new international standards. These were detailed in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, which Australia signed in 2010. Australia is one of over 20 countries which have signed onto this agreement.

The new standards include increased transparency and sharing of information on port controls, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) activity.

By strengthening our port controls, we are ensuring Australia continues to do its bit in deterring IUU fishing, and is actively contributing to international efforts to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of marine life across the globe.

The Guidelines for Operators Seeking Access to Australian Ports under Section 94 of the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and accompanying Application for a Port Permit, are available on our website, or by calling AFMA Direct on 1300 723 621.

For more information, please contact Kerry Smith, Senior Manager Foreign Compliance Policy, on (02) 6225 5334 or kerry.smith [at] afma.gov.au.