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Title:

Members sought for Management Advisory Committees & Resource Assessment Groups

Advertiser:

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Location:

Australia-wide

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for members on three Management Advisory Committees (MACs) and four Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs), specifically:

  • South East Management Advisory Committee (SEMAC);
  • Great Australian Bight Management Advisory Committee (GABMAC);
  • Southern Bluefin Tuna Management Advisory Committee (SBTMAC);
  • South East Resource Assessment Group (SERAG);
  • Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Resource Assessment Group (SESSFRAG);
  • Great Australian Bight Resource Assessment Group (GABRAG); and
  • Shark Resource Assessment Group (SharkRAG).

The term of appointment is for three years, commencing 1 July 2022 until 30 June 2025.

More information about MACs, RAGs, the role of members and how to apply is provided below.

What do MACs do?

AFMA’s MACs are statutory bodies that provide AFMA with management advice. They report to the AFMA Commission on policy and operational matters, where relevant, relating to the management of Commonwealth fisheries, including scientific, research and other information about the status of fish stocks and the impact of fishing on the marine environment.

MACs are advised by their respective RAG or relevant regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) on the status of fish stocks, sub stocks, species (target and non-target), the impact of fishing on the marine environment and the type of information needed for stock assessments.

MACs also provide an avenue for consultation between industry, managers, researchers, environment/conservation and State government officers. MAC advice is used to inform AFMA’s management decisions and its MACs continue to be the main source of advice on the management of Commonwealth fisheries.

Additional information for individual MACs, including records from past meetings, can be found on AFMA’s website at: https://www.afma.gov.au/fisheries/committees

AFMA’s policy document Fisheries Management Paper 1 - Management Advisory Committees (FMP 1) provides information about the roles of MACs and their members. FMP 1 is available on AFMA’s website via this link.

What do RAGs do?

AFMA’s RAGs are the key research and scientific committees for supporting the management of Commonwealth fisheries. The main function of RAGs is to peer review scientific data and information and provide advice to AFMA on the status of fish stocks, sub-stocks, species (target and non-target species), the economic status of fisheries and the impact of fishing on the marine environment. This advice assists AFMA in its role to regulate commercial fishing of Commonwealth fisheries.

A key output of RAGs is the provision of recommended biological catches (RBCs) and biological fishing effort levels. When requested, RAGs evaluate alternative harvest options proposed by MACs. Evaluation could include advising on the impact over time of different harvest strategies (for example, the time required for a particular fish stock to reach a reference point), stock depletion or recovery rates, the confidence levels of the fishery assessments and risks to the pursuit of fishery objectives. RAGs are also required, where relevant, to evaluate and report on economic and compliance factors affecting the performance of fisheries.

Additionally, RAGs provide an avenue for consultation between industry members, fishery managers, fishery economists, fishery scientists and other interest groups.

RAGs are appointed by the AFMA CEO under the policy Fisheries Administration Paper 12 - Resource Assessment Groups (FAP 12). Additional information for individual RAGs, including records from past meetings, can be found on AFMA’s website at: https://www.afma.gov.au/fisheries/committees

AFMA’s policy, FAP 12, provides information about the roles of RAGs and their members. FAP 12 is available on the AFMA website via this link.

Who should apply for MAC/RAG membership?

Appointments to MACs and RAGs are based on relevant expertise and members are sought for the following positions:

  • Industry (various): SEMAC (4), GABMAC (3), SBTMAC (4), SERAG (3), GABRAG (3) & SharkRAG (4)
  • Scientific (various): SERAG (4), GABRAG (2), SBTMAC (1) & SharkRAG (3)
  • Research - with economics expertise (various): SEMAC (1) & GABMAC (1)
  • Economic (various): SERAG (1), GABRAG (1), SESSFRAG (1) & SharkRAG (1)
  • Conservation (various): SharkRAG (1), SEMAC (1), GABMAC (1) & SBTMAC (1)
  • Recreational/Charter (various): SBTMAC (1), SEMAC (1) & SERAG (1)

Date published:

23-Dec-2021

Closing date:

10-Feb-2022