Senator the Hon Jonathon Duniam Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600
Dear Assistant Minister
We have much pleasure in presenting to you the annual report of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) for the financial year ended 30 June 2020. This report also includes AFMA’s Annual Performance Statement for 2019-20.
During 2019-20, AFMA, in partnership with industry, continued to provide the Australian community with well-managed Commonwealth commercial fisheries. Sustainable and environmentally responsible fisheries is the key focus of the agency. AFMA has progressed co-management arrangements in our fisheries to further develop collaborative approaches and the benefits for industry from greater stability and responsibility are becoming clear.
AFMA continued to target and apprehend illegal foreign fishing vessels in Australian waters. Illegal operators face hefty fines and the confiscation and destruction of their boats when caught. Evidence continues to show that this vigilance has a strong deterrence affect. Also by maintaining targeted actions and visibility in the field, AFMA encourages voluntary domestic compliance rather than having to take enforcement action against conscious non-compliance.
In 2019-20 AFMA successfully completed the e-fish: An Integrated data capture and sharing project. This project marks a significant step towards making the full value of fisheries data accessible to the Australian community and fisheries stakeholders.