World Fisheries Day is celebrated on 21st of November each year, highlighting the importance of maintaining the world's fisheries. This year the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), is encouraging Australians to celebrate the great shape...
Media release from the Australian Border ForceNew underwater technology has been successfully deployed across the Torres Strait to combat illegal activity in the region, particularly illegal foreign fishing.The technology was deployed by Maritime Border...
An unlicensed fish receiver operating in the Torres Strait, was convicted in the Thursday Island Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 13 October 2020, for offences identified in late 2019. The man was found in illegal possession of 41.3 kilograms of processed...
Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) help the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to monitor vessel position, course and speed of all 300+ Commonwealth fishing vessels. This helps to ensure that operators are complying with the rules and...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has extended the application deadline for the upcoming vacant Chair position on the Scallop Management Advisory Committees (ScallopMAC) until Friday 6 November 2020. The Bass Strait Central Zone...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has amended the list of approved Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) unit types for use on Commonwealth nominated fishing vessels. Changes have been made to the approved list of VMS units to ensure they...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for an upcoming vacant Chair position on one of its Management Advisory Committees (MAC) for the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery (BSCZSF).The BSCZSF operates in the...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) would like to remind operators of the updates to the concession conditions made at the start of the 2020 Eastern Tuna and Billfish (ETBF) fishing season, specifically as relate to seabird mitigation...
Media release from Senator the Hon Jonathon Duniam Assistant Minister for Forestry and FisheriesAustralia’s Commonwealth fisheries continue to be well-managed and sustainable, according to a new report released today by the Australian Bureau of...
Media release from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)A new report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has delivered generally positive news, with no...
Operation Nasse, a multi-country regional maritime surveillance operation between Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States of America, targeting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing on the high seas in the south Pacific Ocean,...
As part of its 2021 research funding round, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is making its annual public call for applications to address research priorities identified for potential AFMA funding in 2021-22.The AFMA Research Committee...
Joint media release with ABFCooperation between the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Maritime Border Command (MBC), a joint agency task force enabled by both the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF),...
The Commission met for its 72nd meeting via teleconference on 8 July 2020.Below is a summary of the key discussions and decisions by the Commission. It is not a record of discussions and does not cover agenda items and discussions that are either routine...
Around the Australia coastline, there are 58 Australian Marine Parks, managed by Parks Australia. Typically, these parks are made up of two or more zone types, each with its own rules. When you’re out fishing, it is important that you’re aware of the...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) National Compliance Operations Policy aims to effectively deter illegal fishing Commonwealth fisheries and the Australian Fishing Zone. To achieve this objective AFMA has released the National...
Joint release from the Minister for Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries the Hon Jonno DuniamOne of Australia’s largest fisheries, the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) has today achieved the...
As a Senior Fisheries Management Officer working in the Torres Strait, Andrew uses his unique academic background in Marine Studies and Psychology to understand the key players in fisheries management: the fish, and the people who catch them. As part of...
As Senior Fisheries Officer Emily has discovered, a background in science can lead to a rich and challenging career path. To celebrate National Science Week 2020, we had a yarn with Emily about how she first became interested in a career on the sea and...
Georgia always knew she wanted to study marine biology, but could never have guessed that choice would take her to Townsville, a remote atoll in the Cook Islands, and now the Torres Strait. To celebrate National Science Week, we asked Georgia to tell us...

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