Useful fisheries links

​The following information provides useful links to fisheries websites.

Australian Fisheries Management Authority​

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for ensuring the sustainable use and cost-effective management of Commonwealth fisheries. It provides management, advisory, compliance and licensing services and develops operational policies and regulations. The Australian Government and the commercial fishing industry jointly fund AFMA. Costs of managing commercial fisheries under the Commonwealth’s jurisdiction are recovered through levies and charges.

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

Established under the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation​ (FRDC) provides a planning and funding mechanism to increase industry investment in, and improve the cost-effectiveness of fisheries research. FRDC's funding base comes from both government and industry contributions.

ABARES fisheries and aquaculture publications

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences​ (ABARES) is a research bureau within the Department of Agriculture​. ABARES produces a number of fisheries related reports including; fisheries statistics, economic surve​y results, national status reports, fishery surveys, technical reports and annual fishery status reports. The fishery status reports provide an independent evaluation of the biological status of fish stocks and the economic status of Commonwealth-managed fisheries. Each report includes:

  • recent developments in fisheries
  • species biology
  • monitoring and research
  • biological status of stocks
  • environmental status of fisheries.

​Department of the Environment

The Department o​f the Environment is responsible for implementing the Australian Government’s policies to protect Australia’s environment and heritage, and to promote a sustainable way of life. The Department of the Environment administers the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This Act contains a number of provisions relevant to the sustainable management of commercial fisheries including in relation to strategic assessments for impacts on matters of national environmental significance.

Last reviewed: 16 October 2020
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