Keeping our fish stocks sustainable means we must base our decisions on the most trustworthy information.
That information comes from extensive and accurate scientific research assessments from marine environment experts.
AFMA Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs) and Management Advisory Committees (MACs) play a crucial role in identifying research needs (July to early September), assessing research proposals and the outcomes of research, both essential stock assessment type research and other relevant management related projects.
AFMA now administer the annual research budget, the majority of which is spent on essential research, principally stock assessments and data gathering/ monitoring which is prioritised and scoped through respective fishery Resource Assessment Groups and approved and monitored by AFMA Management.
The AFMA Research Committee (ARC) now has a more strategic role in providing strategic advice to the AFMA Commission:
- on major fishery and cross fishery research issues affecting Commonwealth fisheries to support AFMA in meeting its objectives and other legislative requirements
- on the strategic directions for research relevant to AFMA’s information needs, and
- recommending research priorities and projects for potential Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) funding for consideration by the Commonwealth Research Advisory Committee (ComRAC). The ComRAC process is managed by the FRDC.
AFMA's Five Year Strategic Research Plan
AFMA’s Five Year Strategic Research Plan 2017-2022 was approved by the AFMA Commission following AFMA Research Committee endorsement in March 2018.
The Plan provides a framework for each fishery to review its information & development needs and facilitate research accordingly.
The Plan acknowledges the strong synergy between AFMA and FRDC’s interests in Commonwealth fishery research and provides strategic direction for, and management of, research investment in Commonwealth fisheries.
Fishery Five Year and Annual Research Plans
|Heard Island and McDonald Islands||Sub Antarctic Annual Research Statement 2019-20|
|Small Pelagic Fishery||Small Pelagic Fishery five year Strategic Research Plan 2017-18 to 2021-22|
|Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery||SBT Annual Research Statement 2019-20|
|Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery||Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Five Year Strategic Research Plan 2016-20
SESSF Annual Research Statement 2019-20
|Southern Squid Jig Fishery||SSJF Annual Research Statement 2019-20|
|Northern Prawn Fishery||
|Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery||Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Five Year Strategic Research Plan 2017-2022|
|Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery||Australian Tuna and Billfish Fishery Five Year Strategic Plan 2017-2021
Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Annual Research Statement 2019-20
|Great Australian Bight Fishery||GABTF Annual Research Statement 2019-20|
The Committee’s role is to:
- advise the AFMA Commission on the strategic directions, priorities and funding for monitoring and research relevant to meeting AFMA’s information needs and objectives, and review finalized research projects in terms of delivery of outputs, and outcomes, adoption/impacts and required adjustment to AFMA processes; and
- advise the FRDC on priorities, applications received and funding relating to research and development opportunities for Commonwealth fisheries via COMRAC.
- Mr Brett McCallum , Chair and Commissioner
- Dr David Smith, Commissioner – Invited Participant
- Mr Wez Norris, Chief Executive Officer
- Ms Anna Willock, Executive Manager, Fisheries Management Branch
- Committee Secretary, Vacant
AFMA advisors on the committee:
- Mr Ryan Murphy, Senior Manager, Policy, Environment, Economics and Research, AFMA.
- Ms Yvonne Zunic, Manager Research, AFMA.
Invited regular observers who attend to provide expert advice:
- Representative, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
- Representative, Sustainable Australian Fisheries and Ecosystems, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (CSIRO)
- Representative, Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA)
- Representative, Fisheries Branch, Department of Agriculture (DoA).
Commonwealth Research Advisory Committee (COMRAC managed by FRDC)
The FRDC supports a network of Research Advisory Committees (RACs) located in each state and the Northern Territory. COMRAC is the primary planning and entry point for consideration of Commonwealth research proposals for potential Fisheries Research and Development Corporation funding.
For more information visit www.frdc.com.au.