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...
Commercial fishers from the sustainably accredited Northern Prawn Fishery will be undergoing new TAFE-recognised training on best-practice fishing before they go to sea in April this year. The Northern Prawn Fishery, which stretches across the top of...
For sustainable seafood, think Australian. That’s the message the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has for seafood lovers this Sustainable Seafood Day. The recently updated Australian Dietary Guidelines have recommended that...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is working with commercial tuna fishers to ensure that recreational and commercial fishing can occur harmoniously this game fishing season. AFMA is encouraging fishers from the commercial Eastern...
AFMA regulations help ensure Australian Sea Lions aren’t affected by fishing Additional fishery closures put in place a year ago to protect sea lions have been highly successful, with no sea lions caught in gillnets since the latest closures took...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is continuing its tough stance on enforcing commercial fishing regulations and in a report released today the Auditor-General has confirmed that AFMA’s compliance program is effective and well-...
 A recently released report shows that management of Commonwealth fisheries is achieving excellent results in ensuring a sustainable supply of Australian seafood from healthy fish stocks.The most recent Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource...
Border Protection Command (BPC) together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has apprehended a foreign fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing within Australian waters. On Saturday 1 December, a BPC Dash 8 surveillance...
Three Indonesian fishers have been convicted for illegal fishing after two boats were caught ‘blast fishing’ with explosives inside Australian waters in early October. Following investigations by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)...
Border Protection Command (BPC) together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has apprehended two foreign fishing vessels suspected of illegally ‘blast fishing’ in Australian waters off Broome (WA) and the Tiwi Islands (NT). ACV...
Chairman of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority Commission, Michael Egan, said today he was very confident that the catch limits set by the Commission for the Small Pelagic Fishery were legally set. Mr Egan was responding to recent claims...
Stronger fisheries laws could see fishing licence holders responsible for their crew’s actions: A recent case saw crew members prosecuted for shooting seabirds, with this image used as evidence.              ...
Villagers from traditional fishing communities in Papua New Guinea celebrate the new labels which will allow Australian authorities to easily identify boats from treaty villages. A new program suggested by Papua New Guinean traditional fishers...

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