Bycatch is sometimes considered as an inconvenience to daily fishing operations, but there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the common bycatch species encountered by Commonwealth fishers. Species like draughtboard sharks, stingrays and...
Media release from the Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston Fisheries ministers from 17 Pacific nations met in the Cook Islands this week to set the regional fisheries management agenda for the next 12 months. Outgoing...
At times, AFMA’s observers need to brave harsh and unforgiving conditions to collect the scientific information required to understand fish populations and the marine environment. This is especially the case in the extremes of Australia’s Antarctic...
Joint media release from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop; Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston Today we reinforce...
I understand that the Australian Marine Conservation Society and Save Our Marine Life recently commenced a joint campaign about the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA’s) draft transhipping policy. AFMA is currently seeking public...
Media release from the Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston Australia has joined with international partners, the fisheries industry and stakeholders to protect a number of fisheries ecosystems in the southern Indian Ocean...
A 350kg shipment of live crab and tropical rock lobster (TRL) suspected of being taken in the Torres Strait Protected Zone has been seized at Cairns airport. The consignment was intercepted by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and...
Joint media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Parks Australia A large ghost net has been removed from the Gulf of Carpentaria near Weipa, in Queensland, in a joint operation between the Australian Fisheries Management...
From 1 July 2018 the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for the day-to-day management of compliance of the commercial Torres Strait fisheries, not including recreational fishing. AFMA’s General Manager of Fisheries...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston Fish and chips are an Australian icon, and whether you prefer grilled, battered or crumbed, from 1 August you can vote for the best fish and chips in the...
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...
So, you’re thinking about a career as an Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Fisheries Officer? Here’s the inside scoop. Alan Specketer has been an AFMA Fisheries Officer for 12 years I’ve been with AFMA for 12 years. I’ve woken to...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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