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.
When members of the SPFRAG completed their term of appointment on 30 June 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. The first meeting of the reformed SPFRAG is currently scheduled for December 2019. See the SPFRAG webpage for more information.