Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston Following years of multinational investigations and pursuits of illegal Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish operators, several illegal, unreported and unregulated...
Australia’s Governor-General has recognised one of Australia’s longest serving fisheries observers, Martin Tucker, for his work in the Southern Ocean and the seas near Antarctica. The Australian Antarctic Medal was awarded to Mr Tucker, for his...
Since 2013 AFMA has been publishing aggregated raw catch data on data.gov.au. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) requires Commonwealth fishers to report their catch and effort data in daily logbooks while at sea. Effort and gear data...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has recently amended the list of approved VMS units for use on Commonwealth nominated fishing vessels. Changes have been made to the approved list of VMS units to ensure they remain current and in...
It’s essential that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) can make contact with concession holders, skippers and masters of Commonwealth fishing vessels quickly and easily. AFMA needs to contact relevant people and vessels at sea for...
A shipment of live mud crabs suspected of being taken illegally was seized by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in the Torres Strait at Horn Island Airport on 30 May 2018. Originating from an outer island in the Torres Strait and...
On World Oceans Day the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is celebrating its role in helping keep our oceans clean and working with Indigenous artists to turn marine debris into art. AFMA’s acting CEO, Dr Nick Rayns said our oceans...
Research paper by Graham Edgar, Trevor Ward and Rick Stuart-Smith: Rapid declines across Australian fishery stocks indicate global sustainability targets will not be achieved without an expanded network of ‘no‐fishing’ reserves. The Australian...
My colleague Tod Spencer and I visited Norfolk Island at the start of May to talk with the community about the management of the Norfolk Island Inshore fishery, also known as the ‘MoU Box’. Our main reason for visiting was to discuss the review of...
The Commission met for its 61st meeting in Canberra on 9-10 May 2018. The meeting was preceded by AFMA’s Annual Public Meeting on 9 May. Key decisions taken by the Commission at its meeting included: Extension of the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery...
Eddie Freeman has worked as an Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Observer since 2011, and has over 40 years’ experience in the Australian fishing industry. Eddie is always excited at the prospect of another trip, with his next trip...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) National Compliance and Enforcement Team is reminding operators to review and understand their obligations for bycatch handling. Fishers can minimise their impact on the marine environment by using...
Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Border Force Papua New Guinean (PNG) nationals have been returned to PNG after they were found in the Torres Strait with a catch of mud crabs suspected to have been...
Based on the latest science for Jack Mackerel (West), the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has increased the annual total allowable catch (TAC) for commercial fishers from 920 tonnes to 4190 tonnes. AFMA’s CEO, Dr James Findlay, said a...
Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force Three Papua New Guinean (PNG) nationals have had their fishing boat confiscated and have been returned to PNG after they were found with a haul of tropical...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for member positions on the Commonwealth Fisheries Marine Mammal Working Group. The Commonwealth Fisheries Marine Mammal Working Group provides advice to AFMA on marine mammal...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for member positions on the Commonwealth Fisheries Marine Mammal Working Group. The Commonwealth Fisheries Marine Mammal Working Group provides advice to AFMA on marine mammal...
The 2018 season for Australia’s Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery (MITF) commenced in mid-April, with fishers placing a spotlight on seabird safety in an effort to continue a 10-year success story of zero seabird interactions. Macquarie Island is a...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources A new program was today launched to further develop responsible recreational fishing of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT). Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources,...
Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Border Force Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force (ABF), and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA...

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