The Small Pelagic Fishery Resource Assessment Group (SPFRAG) provides scientific and economic advice and recommendations to the South East Management Advisory Committee, AFMA management, and the AFMA Commission on the status of target stocks, harvest rates and total allowable catches, and the impact of fishing on the marine environment.

On 1 July 2015, the AFMA Commission commenced a two year trial of a scientific panel together with stakeholder forums, to enable more stakeholders to engage in the advisory process while maintaining the focus on the scientific and economic advice it is seeking.

After the conclusion of the two-year trial of the Scientific Panel and Forum in the SPF, the AFMA Commission decided to return to a more conventional RAG model for obtaining scientific and economic advice regarding this fishery from July 2019 onwards.

See a summary of the 61st AFMA Commission meeting which include the Commission’s rationale on this decision.

See the SPF Scientific Panel and SPF Stakeholder Forum webpages for previous meeting minutes and papers.

Next Meeting

The first meeting of the reformed SPFRAG is currently scheduled for December 2019.

Recent discussion topics

Some recent discussion topics of the SPF Scientific Panel include:

  • Redbait West Daily Egg Production Method survey results
  • Annual assessment of SPF stocks and RBCs advice to inform the 2019-20 TAC setting process
  • Data and monitoring strategy for the SPF

Download the minutes of the January 2019 SPF Scientific Panel Meeting.

Current research priorities

  • Daily Egg Production Method surveys for target stocks
  • Annual Monitoring and Assessment of SPF quota species

Past meetings

Past minutes, recommendations and advice can be found on the Small Pelagic Fishery Resource Assessment Group past meetings page.

Members

Members are appointed for the period 1 July 2019 until 30 June 2022.

  • Mr Max Kitchell, Chair
  • Ms Sally Weekes, AFMA member
  • Prof Caleb Gardner, economic member
  • Dr Tim Ward, scientific member
  • Dr Andrew Penney, scientific member
  • Mr Gerry Geen, industry  member
  • Ms Anissa Lawrence, conservation member
  • Mr Malcolm Poole, recreational member
  • Dr Jeremy Lyle, invited participant (scientific)

Contact

Darci Wallis
Executive Officer
Tel: 02 6225 5351
Email: darci.wallis [at] afma.gov.au