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...
We care about Australian fisheries and we want to make sure we are doing things right. How do we make sure? Well, with help from our 11 Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs) one for each major fishery group. RAGs provide us with expert advice on fish...
September marked a very special anniversary for the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee (NORMAC) Executive Officer Annie Jarrett. On 7 September 1993, Annie Jarrett accepted the position of NORMAC Executive Officer and has been in the...
Click for larger view of the map To help protect the eastern Pink Ling stock, we have put in place closures and trip limits to prevent overfishing. Currently, Pink Ling in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery is managed under a single...
At AFMA, we consider Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) to be an important way to monitor fishing across the Commonwealth fleet. The VMS data collected ends up being a vital component in our management of Australia’s fisheries. So as a part of our annual...
AFMA Fisheries Officer inspecting a vessel at port AFMA has launched the 2013-14 National Compliance Program, which will focus on quota evasion and vessel monitoring system (VMS) compliance. Quota evasion comes in many forms: fish receiver fraud,...
Have you ever wondered what fish is caught in Australia each year? Well, now you can find out because for the first time, AFMA has put catch data for most Commonwealth commercial fisheries online. Hundreds of species of fish are caught in Australia’s...
A new line weighting study in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery has shown a reduced risk to seabird capture with no influence on fish catch rate. Previously, birds would try and eat the bait from the hooks of a long-line fishing vessels. Some would...
 Indonesian naval vessels KRI Hiu, KRI Kakap and Royal Australian Navy vessels HMAS Huon ( MHC Crew 2) and HMAS Wollongong. Photo Courtesy of Royal Australian Navy Illegal fishing was the focus of the annual AUSINDO 2013 joint coordinated...

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