WELCOME TO AFTA
Australia’s fishing trade is a great industry, one we should be proud of and one we should be willing to protect. However, AFTA can only keep protecting and promoting our industry if it is supported by the industry, through support for the tradeshow, through support for other events and through membership.
To protect and ensure the sustainability of native fish species and the dependant flora and fauna, the peak river flows must be capped and designed as much as possible emulate the original flow patterns and seasonal runs.
“Australian recreational fishers can continue to enjoy southern bluefin tuna (SBT) fishing into the future, just as they are today,” Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Jonathon Duniam
The proposed changes would allow some fishing in areas where it has previously been banned but also see the expansion of other sanctuary zones to improve conservation outcomes.
“For too long there has been a race to the bottom in fisheries policy with fish stocks such as snapper decimated and the poorly managed competing interests of the commercial and recreational sectors.
“For too long, across many previous parliaments, indecision and inaction are what led to decimation of fish stocks and the introduction of the radical plan for a 4-season closure of the SA Snapper Fishery to 2023.
Following the NSW DPI - COVID19 meeting last week and AFTA lobbbying, the extension of FADs times have been actioned. FADS from Port Stephens to Eden to now remain in the water until 15 May and the northern FADs until 15 June. This maximises FAD fishing opportunities...