Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water ResourcesAssistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck today welcomed the latest Fishery status reports by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and...
Media release from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and SciencesA new report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has delivered generally positive news for wild fish...
It’s no secret that when it comes to using electronic monitoring (EM) systems for fisheries management purposes, Australia is a world leader in the field, with several Commonwealth fisheries requiring fishing vessels to use EM since 2015.EM is a system...
Image of electronic monitoring video cameras on a fishing vessel.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and its international partners have wrapped up an operation focusing on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Pacific Ocean on the high seas outside Australian waters.Over four weeks...
Image of AFMA, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, Interpol, the French Ministère des Armées and the US Coast Guard in the AFMA Canberra Office.
The 2018-19 National Compliance and Enforcement Program has been developed to identify potential problems early and to ensure those who are doing the wrong thing are caught.Compliance, enforcement and monitoring are pivotal to the management of...
While on patrol in Cairns to inspect bycatch gear on Australian commercial fishing boats, Lydia received a call from her manager in Darwin – two suspected illegal Vietnamese fishing vessels had just been apprehended off the coast of Queensland, and Lydia...
Image of Fisheries Officer Lydia with students in the Pacific.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority officially opened its new office at Lakes Entrance today, delivering eight new jobs to the region.The offices are located in the Federation Training building on Bullock Island.Minister for Agriculture David...
The Australian Government is continuing its focus on deterring illegal fishing with two Indonesian fisherman convicted and charged with illegal fishing offences in the Darwin Magistrates Court earlier this month.Both fishers pleaded guilty in court, and...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne RustonA research project led by the commercial fishing industry has resulted in a 90 per cent reduction in seabird interactions during trials.Assistant Minister for...
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has claimed there’s been a large increase in protected species interactions in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) in recent years, which is just not true.Today the AMCS said there are “alarming...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston The second annual search for Australia best fish and chips shop kicks off tomorrow, with over one hundred thousand votes expected to be cast in the national...
Public comment is closed.Public comment is now open on a draft position statement on how the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) considers the social aspects of the ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles in the management of...
Joint media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force Five crew on-board an Indonesian fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing inside the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ) west of Darwin in the Timor Sea...
For the second rotation of the 2018 Graduate Program, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) hosts two graduates from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.Hear more from Cassie, one of the graduates, as she reveals what...
Each year, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) hosts graduates from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of the 2018 Graduate Development Program. Learn more about Luke and what he will be working on during his...
Fourteen Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) staff took to the local touch football fields in the ACT on Wednesday 11 July 2018 to participate in the 16th annual NAIDOC Week Touch Football Carnival for employees of the Australian Public...
The Commonwealth Scallop Fishery in Bass Strait looks set for another good season, and you can expect to see fresh Australian scallops in abundance at seafood retailers in the coming months. The 2018 season opens tomorrow and the catch limits have...
Jarrad James is one of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) dedicated Observers. He has worked as an Observer for nearly eight years and been on so many trips that he has lost count! For the past four to five years, Jarrad has worked...
Commonwealth operators catching gummy shark, pink ling and blue eye trevalla in Australia’s gillnet hook and trap (GHAT) fishery, are now required to start logging their fisheries data electronically from 1 July 2018. The GHAT sector lands catch worth...
Commonwealth and Torres Strait operators are reminded to use Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) units from the approved list only when operating in Commonwealth fisheries. Recently the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) counterparts from...

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