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
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...

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