The Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) Scientific Panel will meet on 26 November 2018 in Melbourne. Key items on the agenda are:Redbait West DEPM survey results Annual assessment of SPF stocks to inform 2019-20 TAC setting processData and Monitoring in the...
Joint media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Border ForceAn Indonesian fishing vessel and its crew of five men were apprehended off the coast of Western Australia, suspected of illegally fishing in Australian...
The AFMA Research Committee (ARC) takes a leading role in determining research priorities and assessing proposals for funding by AFMA each year.  As part of its 2019 funding round, the ARC is making its annual public call for applications to address...
A closure has been introduced in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) to prohibit the retention of snapper from 13 November 2018 until 16 December 2018. This complements a closure implemented by the South Australian Government...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water ResourcesAustralia continues to improve its fisheries management systems with the release of a new national approach to mitigating incidental catch of seabirds. Assistant Minister...
Dr Nick Rayns the Executive Manager of Fisheries at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority AFMA, will soon be retiring from the agency and the public service, before embarking on personal and family adventures. After a lifetime working in...
Nick Rayns
Scientific research provides the bedrock of information that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) uses to make fisheries management decisions. Many aspects of AFMA’s management, such as deciding catch limits and assessing how fishing...
The Commission met for its 63rd meeting in Canberra on 5-6 September 2018.Key decisions and discussions by the Commission at its meeting included:Catch Triggers for Target Species in the Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery (WTBF)The Commission agreed to...
Warming waters, increased carbon dioxide levels, changing ocean currents and extreme weather events are altering Australia’s marine environment. As the regulator of Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)...
Scientists predict that some squid species will become more abundant with climate change including squid fisheries.
Steve Hall has been an Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Observer since 2004, and his passion for his work is still as strong today as it was 14 years ago. We caught up with Steve to hear about his favourite things about being an observer...
Fisheries Officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will be conducting inspections of Commonwealth endorsed operators in an effort to ensure compliance with fisheries rules and regulations.Commonwealth boat fishing operators are...
Dear EditorThe article, China’s super trawlers are stripping the ocean bare as its hunger for seafood grows, published online on 30 September 2018 by ABC China Correspondent, Mr Matthew Carney, makes a number of misleading, untrue and internally...
If you’re looking for sustainable seafood, look no further than wild-caught Australian seafood managed by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).For the fifth year in a row, all Commonwealth fisheries solely managed by AFMA have been...
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...

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