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...


Aerial surveillance5th March 2013

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) regularly runs surveillance flights over trawl vessels to ensure that vessels were complying with their seabird management plans (SMP's). In May 2012 two vessels were ordered back to port. The Association fully supports seabird management plans and will continue to work with member and non-member vessels to ensure they understand their responsib...