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
No illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels or activities were detected during a recent joint patrol of the Southern Ocean by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the French Navy.This impressive result can be...
The National Surveillance and Response unit is a team of six fisheries officers who work primarily within the Australian Maritime Border Operations Centre as part of Australia’s Maritime Border Command. The team plays a vital role in detecting and...
Scientists from CSIRO and the University of Washington have corrected misleading statements made by University of Tasmania researcher Graham Edgar and his team. The journal article, by lead author Richard Little from CSIRO, Comments on the evidence for...
AFMA’s annual public meeting will be held on Monday 4 March 2019 in Canberra. This meeting gives stakeholders the opportunity to meet with AFMA Commissioners and discuss AFMA’s progress in pursuing effective management of Commonwealth fisheries.All...
Media Release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water ResourcesThe gross value of Australian fishery and aquaculture production grew to $3.06 billion in 2016–17, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and...
With the expansion of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) into Lakes Entrance, we thought that we would catch up with a local commercial fishing family.Australian Wildcatch Fishing (AWF) is managed by husband and wife team David and...
Lara Hansen is the Chief Scientist and Executive Director of EcoAdapt, a non-profit organisation based in the United States. She was a guest speaker at AFMA’s recent climate adaptation workshop, held in Melbourne, and also presented to staff in Canberra...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reviewing the Gillnet Dolphin Mitigation Strategy and the Small Pelagic Fishery Dolphin Mitigation Strategy and is seeking your comments. Submissions can be made online via AFMA's external public...
Learning how Commonwealth fisheries can adapt to the effects of climate change is an important priority for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and its key stakeholder groups.AFMA recently held a climate change adaptation workshop that...
A Commonwealth concession holder has been banned from gillnet fishing for six months after failing to take sufficient action to reduce dolphin deaths.The concession holder failed to avoid dolphin bycatch as required by the Gillnet Dolphin Mitigation...
Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) help the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) monitor the position, course and speed of Commonwealth fishing vessels and is a key tool in ensuring compliance with the fisheries management arrangements.Operators...
Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Fisheries Officers focused on compliance activities in the Torres Strait throughout November, resulting in 19 vessel boardings and two fish receiver inspections.Reports from the inspections were generally...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for Chairpersons of various Management Advisory Committees (MAC) and Resource Assessment Groups (RAG). We are seeking applicants for the next three year terms, generally from 1...
The Commission met for its 64th meeting in Sydney on 31 October – 1 November 2018.Key decisions and discussions by the Commission at its meeting included:Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) – Total Allowable Catches (TACs)The Commission agreed to:determine the...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has set levy rates for 2018-19.The total levy for 2018-19 will be divided into three instalments.  The first of the three invoices will be sent out on 8 January 2019, with payment due on 5...
The AFMA Research Committee (ARC) takes a leading role in determining research priorities and assessing proposals for funding by AFMA each year.  As part of its 2019 funding round, the ARC is making its annual public call for applications to address...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Commission is seeking expressions of interest for up to five part-time commissioner positions.Applicants will need to demonstrate a high level expertise in one or more of the following fields:fisheries...

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