Squid boat at port, AFMA They mightn’t seem like much but the humble squid is hard to beat in terms of sustainability. That’s why for the 2014 fishing season, the total allowable effort for the Southern Squid Jig Fishery will remain the same as this...
It’s easy to see just how sustainable our Commonwealth fisheries are with this handy animation we’ve put together. Just take a look for yourself – from 2004-2012, there has been a huge improvement in the number of sustainably fished stocks in Australia...
AFMA staff member Katie Scutt joined 15 other future leaders to participate in the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program. The program is the only national industry specific leadership program which is designed to help people take up leadership...
The Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) has passed the latest Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainability audit with flying colours. The fishery was given the MSC tick of approval in 2012 after being certified against their global environmental standard...
Illegal catching and selling of tuna has proved costly for a skipper from the Commonwealth Tuna fishery who was recently convicted and fined nearly $10,000 in the Coffs Harbour Magistrates Court. The conviction resulted from a joint investigation...
We are looking for suitably qualified and skilled Chairpersons for our Management Advisory Committees (MACs). AFMA works hard to regulate fishing activity to make sure that we have sustainable and profitable fisheries.  Advisory committees play a...
  Earlier this month, officers from AFMA and a range of other Australian government departments attended a series of annual Torres Strait Treaty Cycle Meetings, held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The 1985 treaty outlines the boundaries...
With the party season about to start and delicious Aussie prawns in supermarkets and fishmongers around Australia, what better time to revisit an old classic, the prawn cocktail! Prawn Cocktail Serves two as a main meal, or four as an entree....
Whether you’re following the tides, or just wanting to know when to howl at the moon, AFMA has you covered with the 2014 AFMA Moon Calendar.The moon calendar will be available on our website, and sticker versions will be sent out to all concession...
Are you a teacher or student wanting to learn about fisheries management in Australia? Well, we’ve worked with Kids Media to develop some free educational resources. The material has been put together by teachers and is available on AFMA’s website and...
Candice Bailey, Nathan East, Rebecca Atkins and Cameron Dick, Chairperson, Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. A big congratulations goes to AFMA employee Rebecca Atkins who received a commendation in the recent Comcare Work Health...
Deck Boss Morgan, with the albino Pelagic Armourhead Pseudopentaceros richardsoni and our very own Dave Schubert. Join us each month as we give you a glimpse into the lives of our fisheries staff. This month, Dave Schubert tells us what it’s like to...
As part of AFMA’s ongoing strategy to tackle quota evasion, we are targeting operators who are substituting or concealing catch of quota species. Substitution and/or concealment of quota species is considered fraud against the Commonwealth. Fraud is a...
It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of former AFMA Chairman Jim McColl AM. In 1991, Jim McColl was appointed by the then Minister for Primary Industries, John Kerin, as the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fisheries Management...
The Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee met in Canberra on Thursday 10 October to discuss management of the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery and Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery. The Committee discussed the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery...
The Hon Michael Egan, Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), announced today that a sustainable and more profitable future for Australia’s most valuable Commonwealth fishery, the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), will be assured...
Four Indonesian fishing boats suspected of illegal fishing in Australian waters HMAS Wollongong, together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), has apprehended...
Graph showing the success of the Show Cause Program — click for larger view of graph The AFMA National Compliance team had a productive year in 2012-13.with the program focussing  on issues such as quota evasion and balancing, Vessel Monitoring...
AFMA fisheries management officer presenting to a group of Torres Strait community members. During August 2013, some of our officers visited four eastern Torres Strait communities to explain what the new Torres Strait Finfish Fishery Management Plan...
A Tropical Tuna Resource Assessment Group meeting was recently held in Mooloolaba. The main focus of the meeting was the discussion of recommended catches for Striped marlin and Broadbill swordfish, and the provision of stock status advice for...

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