Australian Fisheries Management Authority

73 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra ACT
Postal Address
Box 7051, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610
(02) 6225 5555
(02) 6225 5500

AFMA is the Commonwealth agency that looks after Australia's offshore commercial fish resources and strives for the sustainable use of our fisheries on behalf of all Australians. AFMA generally manages commercial fisheries from 3 nautical miles out to the extent of the Australian Fishing Zone (200 nautical miles). The States and Northern Territory are responsible for the majority of recreational and commercial coastal and inland fishing, and inland and coastal aquaculture operations. Established in February 1992, AFMA's operations are governed by the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Fisheries Administration Act 1991. AFMA consults extensively with stakeholders. In a regulatory environment, the Authority employs a partnership approach, which includes establishing and operating Management Advisory Committees for each major Commonwealth fishery. A commission is responsible for AFMA's domestic fisheries management functions. The CEO is a commissioner, assists the commission perform its functions and is responsible for AFMA's foreign compliance functions. Commissioners are appointed for their expertise in areas such as fishing, fisheries management, natural resource management, business or financial management, economics, science/research, law and public sector administration or governance.


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