14 October 2020

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for an upcoming vacant Chair position on one of its Management Advisory Committees (MAC) for the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery (BSCZSF).

The BSCZSF operates in the Bass Strait between Tasmanian and Victoria/New South Wales border west through Bass Strait to the Victorian/ South Australian border. The fishery is managed by AFMA, however Victoria and Tasmania also manage scallop fisheries off their respective coastlines. The target species is the commercial scallop (Pecten fumatus) with very small quantities of doughboy scallop (Chlamys asperrima) caught.

The Scallop Management Advisory Committee is the principle forum where issues relating to the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery are discussed, problems identified and possible solutions developed.

The appointment will be from the date of appointment until 1 August 2024 in line with the rest of the MAC’s terms of appointment.

Information about MAC members’ roles and how to apply is provided below:

Management Advisory Committees are statutory bodies that provide AFMA with management advice. They report to the AFMA Commission on policy and operational matters, where relevant,  relating to the management of Commonwealth fisheries, including scientific, research and other information about the status of fish stocks and the impact of fishing on the marine environment. MAC advice is used to inform AFMA’s management decisions and records from past meetings can be found on AFMA’s website.

AFMA’s policy document Fisheries Management Paper 1 (FMP 1) – Management Advisory Committees provides information about the roles of MACs and their members. This document is available on the AFMA website

How do I apply for MAC membership?

To be considered for the Chair position on ScallopMAC please submit your curriculum vitae and a brief cover note (no more than 500 words) addressing the relevant criteria under 3.5.2 of FMP 1 for the position and summarizing your relevant experience, qualifications and reason for your application.

Selection Process

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel against the selection criteria described in the document FMP 1 – Management Advisory Committees.

How do I submit my application?

Applications need to be submitted to AFMA by close of business Friday 30 October 2020 by post or email to:

Post:                 Julie Cotsell

                           Policy, Environment, Economics and Research

                            Fisheries Management Branch

                            Australian Fisheries Management Authority

                            PO Box 7051

                            CANBERRA  BC  ACT  2610

Email: research.secretary [at] afma.gov.au

Please contact Ryan Murphy on (02) 6225 5433 or email Ryan.Murphy [at] afma.gov.au if you require further information about the role of MAC members and the selection process.