The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has announced that it will be expanding its presence in Lakes Entrance by opening a regional office in early 2018. AFMA, in conjunction with SETFIA, has been trialling a full time Liaison officer based in Lakes Entrance since 2015, working directly with South East Trawl operators on a daily basis. […]

A joint media release has been issued by: The Hon Barnaby Joyce  MP Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator the Hon Anne Ruston  Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources The Hon Darren Chester  MP Member for Gippsland Simon Boag  South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association

By Ross Winstanley* The Victorian Government is spending $27 million of public funds to cut consumers’ fresh fish supplies by 400-500 tonnes in order to double the number of recreational fishers and to benefit business interests. How did governments come to abandon balanced and evidence-based resource sharing reflecting broad community interests, instead focusing on boosting recreational […]

On 1 July 2017, former federal Senator for Victoria, Helen Kroger commenced as the new Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).  Here Helen took some time to introduce herself and her role for the next five years. I am delighted to be appointed as the Chair of AFMA and look forward to working […]

The 2016 Fishery Independent Survey (FIS) project has just wrapped up, marking the eighth year since the first one was carried out in 2008. Some elements of the survey were revised to take into account the recommendations from a recent independent review by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Those changes tightened […]

A recent journal article in the Nature Ecology and Evolution journal titled, “Widely used seismic survey air gun operations negatively impact zooplankton” (Robert D. McCauley et al) investigated the effects of seismic surveys on zooplankton. Zooplankton underpin the health and productivity of global marine ecosystems.  Zooplankton are a group of small animals including organisms whose […]

Every five years the Australian Government conducts a comprehensive review of the state of the Australian environment.  This national SoE Report provides information about environmental and heritage conditions, trends and pressures for the Australian continent, surrounding seas and Australia’s external territories The report found that, “In the past 5 years (2011-16), environmental policies and management […]