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...
Two employees and a concession holder associated with The Fish Factory based in Adelaide, have been fined and their catch forfeited after illegally taking catch in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish & Shark Fishery. AFMA’s National Investigations...
AFMA’s vessel monitoring system (VMS) zero-tolerance program has increased compliance rates without the need for AFMA to take any serious action against non-compliant operators. Compliance with rules for using the monitoring systems has risen to about...
From left: Michael Harte (World Wildlife Fund), Kerry Smith (AFMA), Alexia Wellbelove (Humane Society International), Brett Cleary (Game Fishing Association Australia), James Findlay (AFMA), Alan Hansard (Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation),...
AFMA is preparing for its third ‘Operation VMS crackdown’ to make sure Commonwealth fishers are abiding by the rules for sustainable fishing.During June, following the success of similar campaigns, a zero tolerance approach will be taken to non-...
An industry initiative has led to a Mackerel jigging trial in 2013-14. Last year, AFMA was approached by a squid operator hoping to modify his current squid jig operation to investigate the viability of jigging for mackerel in the Commonwealth Small...
The results of a two and a half hour collection of marine debris. Photo: Paul Back Earlier this year, AFMA sought suggestions on the possible source of pieces of green twine – around 400 mm in length – that have been washing up on Macquarie Island...
No Australian Sea Lion deaths have been reported in any Commonwealth fishery since March 2012. This is confirmed by monitoring on every gillnet trip, either with video cameras or an Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) observer on board and...
Photograph of the FV Wuhan (formally FV Thunder and FV Kuko taken by an Australian Customs and Border Protection aircraft on 15 April 2013. Attempts by an illegal foreign fishing vessel, the ‘Thunder’, to offload millions of dollars’ worth of...
 The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has welcomed news that Australian-caught Patagonian toothfish has been labeled as ‘best choice’ by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.The Seafood Watch program advises global consumers...
Increasing productivity of wild fish stocks has allowed AFMA to increase the sustainable seafood harvest catch limits for a number of key species in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery – a major supplier of Australian seafood. Catch...
AFMA is encouraging people to support local fishers and buy Australian seafood this Easter long weekend. Australian fisheries are ranked among the best in the world by independent experts and this includes environmental sustainability. AFMA CEO Dr...

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