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...
Following investigations by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), over 100 charges have been laid against four fishing operators across two States suspected of cheating the fishing quota system. These charges have been laid against...
Today, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) executed sixteen search warrants in and around Greenwell Point on the NSW South Coast. The action was taken with the help of the NSW Department of Primary Industries and New South Wales...
The Commonwealth Fisheries Research Advisory Body (ComFRAB) met in Canberra on 10 July 2013 to review initial expressions of interest for FRDC funded research commencing in 2014-15.  The expressions of interest addressed key research priorities...
Keeping watch on port Many species of fish are highly migratory and swim between the waters of different countries and on the high seas. So, how does Australia work with other countries to manage these stocks? One way we do this is through active...
Southern Bluefin Tuna can continue to be exported after the fishery was assessed as sustainable. The Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery was recently assessed under the international wildlife trade provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity...
Coconut battered flathead with lime yoghurt and chilli oil.  Here is a different flathead batter for you to try (and its gluten free)! Ingredients: 10 – 12 flathead fillets (serves 4) Coconut Batter 2 eggs 2 Tbsp. coconut flour 1 Tbsp. glutent...
IUU mothership Tiantai – photo courtesy of Custom and Border Protection Service surveillance aircraft Following the successful interception of the illegal foreign fishing vessel, Thunder, in April 2013 where Malaysia and Indonesia thwarted attempts...
Orange Roughy is a long lived deep water species found in many places around the world, including in waters off southern Australia. The species was heavily fished in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and is now managed in accordance with the Orange...
An AFMA Fisheries Officer checks a load of shark ‘Quota Evasion’, ‘Skimming’ and ‘Misreporting’ are just some of the terms used to describe the illegal take and sale of fish, but when it comes down to it, it’s really just stealing.  Stealing...
PHOTO: Kerryn Parkinson © NORFANZ Founding Parties It’s not pretty, has been likened to a deep-sea Jabba the Hutt, and has recently been named the world’s ugliest animal. But to us the blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus or ‘Psycho’ for short) is just...
There will soon be plenty of wild-caught, high quality scallops for Australians to enjoy. Fishers are heading out to the waters of Bass Strait to begin harvesting this popular shellfish. The 2013 season started on 19 August. AFMA CEO, Dr James Findlay...
Crews in the northern prawn fishery had more on their minds than how many prawns they were going to catch when they returned to the Gulf last week. They’ve been training up to be part of a long-term scientific monitoring project to help the CSIRO...
Managing Commonwealth fisheries is our passion and in order to ensure that we have the best possible advice to do so we consult with fisheries stakeholders. Often this is through Management Advisory Committees (MACs) and Resource Assessment Groups (...
Last month AFMA hosted the 3rd Environmental Non-government Organisations (eNGO) liaison meeting. Representatives from a few government agencies came to the meeting as well as Greenpeace, Humane Society International and the Australian Marine...
AFMA has just released revised guidelines and an application form to help operators of foreign fishing boats wanting to access Australian ports. The guidelines provide practical advice on our port access requirements, and include a step by step guide to...

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