20 September 2016

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) has today released the report, Critical knowledge gaps: estimating potential maximum cumulative anthropogenic mortality limits of key marine mammal species to inform management.

The report assesses known information about a range of marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and dolphins.  The report provides expert advice on population status of these marine mammals and information about the resilience to human induced mortality.

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) makes decisions about fisheries management using the best available science and data.  Consistent with this approach, AFMA will consider this report when making future decisions on Commonwealth fisheries management.

AFMA will consult with stakeholders such as relevant management advisory committees, resource assessment groups, scientific panels and the Commonwealth Marine Mammal Working Group to seek their views on any proposed fisheries management changes as a result of the findings of the FRDC report.

The report, including a summary of key findings, can be found at frdc.com.au