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.

16th June 2015

As a result of the Ministerial Briefing held in Canberra on 3rd June 2015 ARFF has sent the following letter to Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture.  The letter sets out our Terms and Conditions for re-engaging on discussions about the operations of the Geelong Star. 

Download the letter to Senator Colbeck here

Proposal to the Small Pelagic Industry Association can be downloaded here

(Caution - this file is 1.67 MB)

 5th June 2015

Ministerial Briefing - Parliament House Canberra 3 June 2015.  GFAA and other National and State Representatives from ARFF travelled to Parliament House in Canberra to discuss recreational fisher concerns over the industrial commercial fishing of the small pelagic fishery(SPF) with Members of Parliament.

2nd June 2015

ARFF representatives from National and State recreational fishing organisations will be meeting with Coalition MPs tomorrow 

27th May 2015


The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF), the national organisation representing the recreational fishing community, has announced that discussions between it and the Small Pelagic Fishing Industry Association (SPFIA) have collapsed. The Game Fishing Association of Australia (GFAA), a member organisation of ARFF, is responsible for ARFF’s position on pelagic species and sharks in Commonwealth waters.