10 April 2018

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking comment as part of its review of three legislative instruments, relating to the management of Commonwealth fisheries under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 as well as the Fisheries Management (Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery) Regulations 1995.

The CEO of AFMA, Dr James Findlay, said these regulations help to ensure Australia’s commercial fishing industry has sound regulatory framework, to maintain a viable industry and sustainable Commonwealth fisheries.

“Among other things, the regulations outline the geographic areas for fisheries, obligations for Commonwealth concession holders, fees payable and the framework that supports the issuing of infringement notices.

“We welcome comment from across all sectors, to help AFMA and the Australian Government put in place the regulations that will continue to support efficient and cost effective fisheries management, certainty for industry and the shared goal of sustainable fisheries.

“Submissions can be made until COB Friday 11 May 2018 and will then be used to inform the drafting of remade regulations.”

For a copy of the consultation paper and table of proposed amendments, visit afma.gov.au.