Torres Strait fisheries compliance transferring from Queensland to the Commonwealth on 1 July

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will take over the day to day responsibility of domestic fisheries compliance functions in the Torres Strait (excluding recreational fishing) from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland (QDAF) from 1 July 2018.

The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) agreed to a range of short and long term changes in 2014. 

This will streamline the administration of the Torres Strait fisheries, including the decision to have fisheries management, licencing and compliance functions all falling under the control of AFMA. 

As part of the transfer AFMA will have a permanent domestic compliance presence in the Torres Strait, on Thursday Island, which will complement the existing Foreign Compliance program.

In the lead up to the formal transfer AFMA has been visiting the communities/fishers and licensed fish receivers in the region as part of its pre transfer education program. 

AFMA is looking forward to working more closely with the Torres Strait fishing industry and further streamlining management arrangements in the region.

To report any suspicious or illegal commercial fishing activity, contact AFMA via the CRIMFISH Hotline 1800 274 634, or call AFMA’s Thursday Island Office on (07) 4069 1990