AFMA Officers were recently deployed on Pacific Patrol Boats from Palau and Federated States of Micronesia in support of Operation Rai Balang 2014.  Operation Rai Balang is one of four annual regional monitoring control and surveillance operations...
Some fish receiver permit holders are not meeting the requirement to submit paperwork to AFMA in a timely manner. AFMA wrote to all fish receivers in July 2013 reminding them about adhering to permit conditions and in particular the need to return...
Prior to the Northern Prawn Fishery season start on 1 April 2014, the NPF Industry Pty Ltd, in conjunction with AFMA held pre-season briefings across key ports to educate skippers on the management arrangements for the 2014 banana prawn fishing season...
Up until now, fishers in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery and the Bass Straight Central Zone Scallop Fishery were allowed to take fish species that are subject to quota home for personal use without it being deducted from quota...
For the first time in almost 20 years, Eastern Tuna longliners have been catching Southern Bluefin tuna (SBT) in the Great Australian Bight. In recent years, most of the longline catch has been taken off southern NSW during the winter months, but two...
Steve Hall biopsy sampling a ‘Short Sunfish’ or ‘Southern Sunfish’ (Mola ramsayi) caught and released They’re big, they’re heavy, and they’re not the prettiest fish in the sea, but don’t tell that to the ocean sunfish. These large, enigmatic and...
Imagery of a suspected foreign fishing vessel detected west of Darwin by an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Dash-8 surveillance aircraft on Monday, 21 April 2014. Joint media release with Australian Customs and Border Protection...
Giant clam – copyright GBRMPA The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has seized four illegal boats carrying hundreds of illegally-harvested giant clams and sea cucumbers (trepang) in Northern Australia following a coordinated...
  Dig into this delicious crustless pie from AFMA staff member, Vyt Vilkaitis. Ingredients • 25g butter • 1 leek, cut in half and sliced thinly • 2 rashers bacon, finely diced • 2 small zucchini (or 4 button squash), finely diced • 2 sticks...
Left: Participants travelled from remote areas of Indonesia to attend the training course in Bali, including people from North Sulawesi, Timor, West Papua and Ambon. Right: Participants conducting mock inspection on Indonesian long line vessel. AFMA...
The first of the pre-season prawn surveys for 2014 has been completed in the Northern Prawn Fishery. The information gathered provides an indication of the number of juvenile prawns of the key prawn species in the region, which is then used to...
Clair and Lisa our new Grads for 2014 Each year, AFMA selects graduates with an interest in establishing a career in natural resource management – our fisheries managers of the future. This year, we have two great graduates – Lisa Stevenson and...
AFMA fisheries officer inspects the unloading of Blue Eye Trevalla in Eden AFMA has decided to market test its scientific observer program. AFMA’s in-house Observer Program (the Program) places observers (independent of the fishing industry) on...
Total Allowable Catches (TACs) limits in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) have seen an increase of over 800 tonnes on last year. Blue Grenadier and Flathead, two of the most economically important species within this...
AFMA regulations help ensure Australian Sea Lions aren’t affected by fishing. Fishers are reminded of the importance of minimising impacts on the marine environment. Taking an active role to ensure your fishing practises reduce unintentional impacts...
Interested stakeholders are invited to attend the AFMA Commission’s annual public meeting to be held from 8:30 am – 9:30 am on Monday 28 April 2014 at AFMA’s Canberra office. The meeting will give you an opportunity to engage with the AFMA...
AFMA has made significant enhancements to its online licensing portal GoFish. The enhancements centre on faster navigation and the addition of new functions which will allow users to renew their permit online, provide for users to set up reoccurring...
Did you know that around a quarter of all known chondrichthyans – sharks and rays to the rest of us – call Australia home? That’s a whopping 322 species! Of these, more than half are found nowhere else in the world. That’s why we’re making it a...
Two individuals involved in a Danish Seine operation based in Lakes Entrance have been fined, placed on good behaviour bonds, and had the proceeds of their illegal catch forfeited after retaining more than the 200kg trip limit for snapper in the...
The Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) tagging program at Macquarie Island during the experimental longline fishery between 2007 and 2010 is described in Chapter 6. From 2007 to 2010, four voyages were undertaken by longliners to Macquarie...

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