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...
The Northern Prawn Fishery Industry Pty Ltd (NPFI) has proposed to remove the ‘Native Point’ seasonal closure within Fog Bay. The closure, launched in 2001, was based on advice from fishers that a closure should be established as a precautionary...
The second pre-season prawn spawning surveys have just been completed in the Northern Prawn Fishery. We do these surveys to find out how many spawning tiger prawns are in the region and estimate how many prawns will be available to sustainably catch...
While the vast majority of fishers have complied with the 28 day period, six Commonwealth concession holders recently had their fishing concessions suspended for failing to cover catches with quota in time. Three boats were ordered  to return to...
TOP: Treaty Awareness Visit delegation | Bottom Left: AFMA Officer at village meeting | Bottom Right: Newly ID’d vessel An AFMA officer went to Papua New Guinea (PNG) with a number of other government agencies as part of the Treaty Awareness Visit...
AFMA fisheries officer inspects the unloading of Blue Eye Trevalla in Eden During June and July 2013 a number of our fisheries officers were out and about conducting vessel and fish receiver inspections on the east coast of Australia. We had...
Seabirds have an important role in the marine environment, which in turn supports our fisheries. Seabirds are attracted to fishing boats—particularly when bycatch and offal is discarded—which brings them into harm’s way. That’s why we’ve put together a...
Seeing the amount of fish caught to date in Commonwealth fisheries has never been easier thanks to Catchwatch. Catchwatch reports are produced for the large scale fisheries using data from AFMA’s various data collection programs such as logbooks and...
Group photo from left: Kylie Tonon, Katie Scutt, Cate Coddington, Clayton McCloud, Karen Dalli, Ryan Keightly, Josh Cahill Would you know what to do in an emergency on a vessel, or how to survive at sea if you’ve gone overboard? Well, for 12 lucky...
Export approval has been re-granted to Australian operators fishing on the high seas for the next five years. AFMA and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) have worked closely with the Department of Sustainability, Environment,...
Good news, everyone! Tiger Prawn stocks are looking great. Recent surveys have shown that Tiger Prawn stocks are at or above their target levels and not being overfished. The future outlook is also good with high recruitment and catches predicted....
Following over two months of fishing, the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) banana prawn season concluded on 15 June. As expected, given the poor wet in many parts of Northern Australia, the total catch of banana prawns is down compared to recent...
To minimise the risk of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) being taken in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) without quota, AFMA annually implements core and buffer zones for restricted access in the ETBF. This year’s Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT)...
Here is your chance to have your say on the AFMA fisheries compliance program. Your feedback will help us identify areas for improvement and ensure our compliance and enforcement program remains relevant to a constantly changing environment. Your...
The Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee (TTMAC) met at the Sydney Fish Markets on 5 June and members were treated to a guided tour before the meeting, which included an opportunity to watch a fish auction. The TTMAC then considered advice from...
Shaun McTamany (Torres Blue Seafoods), Alicia Sabatino (AFMA) and Former Minister Joe Ludwig The Torres Strait Finfish Fishery has become the first wholly traditionally owned commercial fishery in Australia to have a Statutory Management Plan, giving...
Top Image: Tori lines scare seabirds away from the fishing line and hooks Bottom Image: Brickle curtains stop seabirds from getting to the net AFMA is working with industry members and other stakeholders to reduce the accidental catch of seabirds on...

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