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...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Commission has agreed to setting Australia’s national catch allocation for southern bluefin tuna (SBT) at 6 165 tonnes for the 2018 season. As part of this decision, the Commission recognised that...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for member positions on the Scallop Management Advisory Committee (ScallopMAC). We are seeking members for their next three year terms, commencing 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2021...
Three Indonesian fishing vessels and 12 crew have been apprehended 180 nautical miles north-west of Darwin earlier this week, suspected of illegally fishing inside Australian waters. Maritime Border Command (MBC), a joint agency taskforce within the...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is calling for applications for Torres Strait fish receiver licences. As part of the new Fish Receiver System (FRS) all commercial fishers in the Torres Strait must land their catch to a licenced...
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 2018 funding round, the ARC is making its annual public call for applications to...
Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force Five Indonesian illegal fishers faced Darwin Magistrates Court this week where they pleaded guilty to offences after illegally fishing inside the Australian...
Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation improving the capacity for recreational and Indigenous fishers to have greater input on the management of Commonwealth fisheries passed Parliament last week,...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reminding concession holders and skippers of their responsibility to accurately complete their logbooks (paper or electronic). Logbooks are an important source of information for determining the...
 Australians heading to the beach for summer are likely familiar with coastal seabirds – gulls, terns, and for the lucky ones, perhaps a penguin sighting! Further offshore, recreational and commercial fishers might come across albatrosses, petrels...
Updated 23 November 2017 The Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) Scientific Panel met on 16-17 November 2017 in Melbourne. The key items on the agenda were: Jack Mackerel DEPM survey results Annual assessment of SPF stocks to inform 2018-19 TAC setting...
Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Border Force An Indonesian foreign fishing vessel caught illegally fishing in Australian waters Two foreign fishing vessels and 14 crew members suspected of illegally...
At the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) we love to celebrate our new recruits! Neville Johnston has recently joined AFMA through the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP). Neville’s first rotation will be working...
A register of licence holders for Torres Strait fisheries, with the exception of the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery, is now publicly available on the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) website and can be viewed, downloaded and printed. The purpose of...
Fishing, be it commercial or recreational, is an integral part of the Australian lifestyle and with this Sunday being Gone Fishing Day, there has never been a better time to drop a line! Events are being held across the country, to encourage people to...
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) pays respect to George Raptis, a well-known figure among Australia’s fishing industry who passed away on 29 September 2017. George was a leader in the Australian commercial fishing industry, playing...
Media release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Department of Immigration and Border Protection Maritime Border Command (MBC) together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have apprehended an Indonesian...
Australia has a seafood industry that we can be proud of and last week outstanding achievements were recognised at the National Seafood Industry Awards held in Sydney as part of the Seafood Directions 2017 Conference. The National Seafood Industry...
The Commission met for its 57th meeting in Canberra on 31 August – 1 September 2017. Key decisions taken by the Commission at its meeting included: Economic Working Group (EWG) The Commission agreed in principle to the roles, membership and terms of...
Australian fishers and the broader community have a keen interest in sharks and rays, and their management and conservation. Sharks are apex predators and an important component of the marine environment, with over 180 species of sharks found in...

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