10th July 2015

 Fisheries advisory body axed

 By Andrew Drummond

  • July 09,      2015 6:51PM

THE federal government has played down the scrapping of a committee charged with providing scientific advice on shallow-water fishing in southern Australian waters.

THE Small Pelagic Resource Assessment Group analysed fishing practices, including those of factory trawlers, within a 200-mile band off the coasts of NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

24th June 2015

Serious concerns about the impacts of the super trawler, FV Geelong Star, must be addressed before it commences operating in waters near South Australia.

South Australia's Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said the State Government had repeatedly raised its concerns with the Federal Government about the vessel’s potential impact.

Downlaod the full PDF document HERE.


24th June 2015

GFAA, along with the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF), the national organisation representing the recreational fishing community, has called for the Federal Government to come clean on its plans to deal with the Geelong Star.

Read the ARFF Media Release HERE.


22nd June 2015

We have been advised that Zone 6 within the SPF has been closed for 6 months due to a dolphin mortality  The advice reads:


SPF zone closure

Last updated 19 June 2015

Under the Small Pelagic Fishery (Closures) Direction No.1 2015, zone 6 detailed in the Direction, has been closed to mid-water trawling methods for a period of six months from 17 June 2015. This is a result of a common dolphin mortality recorded in zone 6 on 17 June 2015.  The closure direction will be in force until midnight on 16 December 2015.

To minimise the likelihood of any interaction with dolphins, on 8 May 2015, AFMA implemented the Small Pelagic Fishery (Closures) Direction No.1 2015  for mid-water trawl fishing methods in the Small Pelagic Fishery to only take place during daylight hours.

All mid-water trawl vessels are required to report the details of any interaction with a listed or protected species to AFMA within 24 hours of the event. AFMA publishes all threatened, endangered and protected species interactions in its fisheries on a quarterly basis on its website.



19th June 2015

The following was posted yesterday on the Australian Fisheries Management Authority website:


SPFRAG members complete their term

Last updated 18 June  2015


With all Small Pelagic Fishery Resource Assessment Group (SPFRAG) members completing their term on 30 June 2015, AFMA is taking the opportunity to review how the independent AFMA Commission receives scientific advice regarding the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) and how stakeholders are engaged in that process.

Given the high level of stakeholder interest in the science of the SPF, AFMA is considering what options are available to ensure that stakeholders’ views about SPF science are captured. The AFMA Commission has been considering possible options and will make its decisions known in the new financial year.

AFMA extends its thanks to current RAG members for their time and contribution to provide advice on the science of the SPF.