From July 1, 2018, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will be responsible for the day-to-day management of compliance of the commercial Torres Strait fisheries, not including recreational fishing.
AFMA’s General Manager of Fisheries Operations, Peter Venslovas, said that AFMA is taking on the responsibility from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF).
“The transition of fisheries compliance activities from QDAF to AFMA will help streamline Australian Government services in the Torres Strait,” Mr Venslovas said.
“While AFMA is assuming responsibility for compliance in the Torres Strait, our colleagues at QDAF will still be available to assist AFMA from the mainland.
“There will be no lapse in monitoring of these fisheries during the handover period, we will have full visibility and be able to conduct our usual business such as routine inspections and tracking vessels by the Vessel Monitoring System, or VMS.”
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