Last month, Mr Wez Norris was appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Richard Colbeck, as the new CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (...
Brandon Meteyard is an Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Observer with a passion for the ocean. With a marine biology degree under his belt, experience extracting otoliths and sampling fish with Fisheries Queensland and in a research...
CSIRO researchers are developing software that uses machine learning (artificial intelligence) to review electronic monitoring, also known as e-monitoring or EM, footage taken on board Commonwealth commercial fishing vessels. Currently, all videos are...
Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Border ForceOfficers assigned to Maritime Border Command (MBC), the multi-agency maritime taskforce within the Australian Border Force (ABF), responded to two unusual...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Richard ColbeckRepresentatives from Australia's commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing sectors will meet with Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources,...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Richard ColbeckA new survey launched today will help build a better understanding of the demographics, attitudes and social and economic contribution of Australian...
Henry Wilson is one of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA’s) newest recruits as an Observer. He has a rich history working in the marine field and decided to take up a position with AFMA as an observer on Commonwealth commercial...
The Daru National and District Court in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has handed down a series of fines to 14 fishers who were found guilty of illegally fishing in Australian waters within the Torres Strait Protected Zone. The fishers were apprehended in...
Daru National and District Courts, Western Province, Papua New Guinea
The Commission met for its 65th meeting in Canberra on 4-5 March 2019.Key decisions and discussions by the Commission at its meeting included:Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) – Total Allowable Catches (TACs)In considering the...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for member positions on various Management Advisory Committees (MAC) and Resource Assessment Groups (RAG). We are seeking members for their next three year terms, generally from...
Avid readers of Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) News may have already read about one of AFMA’s graduates for 2019, Louise, and we’d now like to introduce another graduate.Owen Carr is taking on a role in the National Compliance Planning...
The banana prawn season in the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) starts on 1 April 2019. Pre-season briefings, will be run next week by the NPF Industry Pty Ltd (NPFI) and all active operators and fleet managers are invited to attend. To ensure all fishers...
Joint media release Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.Mr Norris has qualifications in natural resource management and over 20 years’ experience in fisheries...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard ColbeckThis week is National Sustainable Seafood Week — a celebration of Australia’s seafood industries and the well-managed, sustainable fisheries that supply...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reminding fishers that ‘take home packs’ no longer exist. In 2014, the arrangements that allowed fishers in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery, and Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop...
Each year the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) hosts two graduates as part of the AFMA Graduate Development Program. The graduates undertake three rotations across 12 months in various sections at AFMA, including a four-month rotation at...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Richard ColbeckThe second meeting of the National Fisheries Advisory Council (NFAC) in Canberra today will see representatives from Australia’s commercial, recreational and...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Queensland Water Police recently conducted a joint agency patrol of Port Kennedy, on Thursday Island, prior to the opening of the tropical rock lobster (TRL) hookah season.The patrol provided an...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Richard ColbeckAquatic animal welfare concerns and marine biosecurity will be among the key topics discussed at the fifth Australian Fisheries Ministers’ meeting in Melbourne...
In fashion, a fad is known as a short-lived craze, but in the marine environment, fish aggregating devices (FADs) can cause long-term harm when unregulated, or in cases where the FAD breaks free and drifts in the ocean. Three FADs were retrieved off the...
Image of an AFMA Fisheries Officer inspecting a fish aggregating device retrieved from northern Australian waters

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