The Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) has been re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for a further five years, recognising the NPF as having global best-practice ecologically sustainable fisheries management. The MSC certification is...
The master of an Indonesian illegal fishing vessel today pleaded guilty and was convicted in the Darwin Magistrates Court after being caught illegally fishing in Australian waters in October 2017. The master, a previous offender, was convicted for two...
Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Australian Border Force A Torres Strait commercial fishing operator has been found guilty and fined $2500 for receiving tropical rock lobster from other operators near Dungeness...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston The value of Australian fisheries and aquaculture sector increased by nine per cent to $3 billion in 2015-16, injecting an additional $270 million into rural and...
Two men have been found guilty of six offences under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, in relation to fishing for orange roughy off the east coast of Tasmania in June 2015. Under Commonwealth management, the orange roughy fishery requires commercial...
This week Australians were deceived by some environmentalists who conjured a conspiracy theory that foreign fishing vessels were about to arrive en masse to Australia’s distant offshore waters. As the CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) acknowledges the publication of the article by the Fairfax media, Foreign boats set to fish in Australian waters, expert claims, by Nicole Hasham. AFMA outright rejects any implication that deemed...
Eight Indonesian illegal fishers pleaded guilty in a Darwin Magistrates Court last week for offences of illegal fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ) last month. Their three vessels were destroyed by fire at a Darwin destruction facility. The...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston Christmas is around the corner and what better way to celebrate with your family than with Aussie seafood? Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources...
Considering the views of stakeholders is an important part of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) management of Commonwealth fisheries, including the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF). On 16 October 2015, the independent AFMA Commission...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston Australia and Vietnam will commence an in-country public information campaign to educate Vietnamese fishers about the consequences of illegally fishing in...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has set levy rates for 2017-18. The total levy for 2017-18 will be divided into three instalments.  The first of the three invoices will be sent out on 9 January 2018, with payment due on 6...
Australian Fisheries Management Authority media release A new mandatory fish receiver system (FRS) came into effect on Friday 1 December 2017 for all commercial fishers in all Torres Strait fisheries, excluding prawns. The FRS is to provide accurate...
AFMA has concluded the tender process for its Scientific Observer Program (the Program), and has decided not to award the contract and to retain the Program in-house. The Program places observers (independent of the fishing industry) on fishing vessels...
Based on the latest scientific assessments, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Commission has increased the total allowable catch (TAC) for Patagonian toothfish and reduced slightly the mackerel icefish TAC for the season starting on...
Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection The results of reckless fishing practices have been highlighted after a number of marine animals were found deceased in two ghost...
Fishers generally aren’t known for their soft touch, however, Commonwealth fishers are showing they have gentle hands with ongoing monitoring showing that the vast majority are doing the right thing by carefully releasing animals back into the water....
Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) help the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) monitor the position, course and speed of Commonwealth fishing vessels and is a key tool in ensuring compliance with the fisheries management arrangements.Operators...
Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston Sustainable fisheries will be absolutely essential in helping to feed an increasing global population, with World Fisheries Day serving to highlight the...
Joint media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force Eight Indonesian fishers have been placed on good behaviour bonds in the Darwin Magistrates Court after being caught illegally fishing in Australian...

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