AFMA’s national compliance plan during COVID-19 pandemic
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) recognises the current challenges facing Commonwealth commercial fishers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to deliver effective monitoring and enforcement operations safely, AFMA has made some changes to day-to-day compliance operations.
However, AFMA will continue to deliver the 2019-20 National Compliance and Enforcement Program by working with Commonwealth fishers to provide education, engagement, and monitoring and enforcement operations.
AFMA fisheries officers will continue to:
- Use www.afma.gov.au and AFMA’s Facebook page as key communications channels to keep fishers up-to-date with the latest information.
- SMS priority messages to concession holders.
- Monitor fishing operations through:
- Vessel Monitoring and E monitoring systems.
- Office-based audit of logbook, catch disposal and other data.
- 28 day and end of season over quota reconciliation
- Closure compliance.
- CCTV capabilities in ports where Commonwealth vessels unload
Our aim is to ensure the compliance operations outlined the 2019-20 National Compliance Program remain in place even through these challenging times.