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 […]

Gail Richey has been awarded an AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours Roll. Mrs Richey was recognised for her significant service over 30 years to the fishing and aquaculture industry, particularly in Tasmania, and to fisheries management and industry associations. Her achievements are extensive and span […]

Ocean Oils is a Melbourne based bulk wholesale processing and refining company that extracts squalene fish oil from deepwater sharks.   Only the livers from a few shark species contain squalene oil.  There is strong consumer demand for the product because of the health benefits it provides. Ocean Oils Managing Director Richard Saul has explained that […]