Management

AFMA keeping costs down21st April 2013

By Dr James Findlay, CEO AFMA. As Commonwealth fishers understand very well, AFMA undertakes cost recovery for expenses incurred as a direct result of management of commercial fishing. While demands on both industry and AFMA continue to rise, AFMA made a commitment to industry to keep a lid on costs. This included keeping the total recovered costs between 2007 and 2009 below the 2005-06 level a...

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South east fishery granted a 3 year WTO12th March 2013

The Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Community (SEWPaC), the Hon. Tony Burke has declared the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation ("WTO"). This is valid until the 25th of February 2016. There are a series of standard conditions that requiring the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to communicate wi...

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AFMA’s compliance passes test6th March 2013

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has undertaken an independent performance audit of the effectiveness of AFMA’s administration of their domestic fishing compliance program. The report noted that 320 Commonwealth licensed vessels land in 75 ports around Australia. In 2011-12 the compliance program conducted 222 vessel and fish receiver inspections with 32% of vessels inspected at least...

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What’s a WTO?5th March 2013

The EPBC Act (1999) states that in order to export fish a fishery must be accredited. This can take the form of an exemption or a Wildlife Trade Operation ("WTO"). A WTO is made through an instrument signed by the Minister for the Environment. The Minister can grant a WTO for up to three years and can set down conditions on the accreditation. The South East Trawl Fishery is part of the larger Sout...

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