Large buoys known as warp deflectors, or ‘pinkies’, are helping save the lives of Australia’s seabirds according to a world leading research report released today by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Assessing the Effectiveness of...
 – Sharing of info key to fight IUU fishing, says Movick FFA HQ, Honiara, Thursday 28th August 2014—Legal investigations are underway in Kiribati and Papua New Guinea with three vessels now potentially facing charges linked to illegal,...
AFMA has recently invested in Business Intelligence software which will assist in the detection of quota evasion.  This software will enable us to automatically compare or match different data sources to identify potential fraud in...
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...
AFMA has recently invested in Business Intelligence software which will assist in the detection of quota evasion.  This software will enable us to automatically compare or match different data sources to identify potential fraud in Commonwealth...
A recent joint operation between the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and AFMA resulted in the successful apprehension and forfeiture of a number of illegal foreign fishing vessels in the Torres Strait Protected...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has reinforced its commitment to tracking down and punishing illegal fishers with the conviction of two South Australian fishermen last week. The two fishers were fined a total of $36 000 for...
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 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...
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...

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