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Fisheries and the environment

​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources​ plays an important policy role in promoting the biological, economic and social sustainability of Australian fisheries, particularly those managed by the Australian Government.

The department provides policy advice to the Australian Government on a range of fisheries environmental issues, including general fisheries bycatch, seals and sea lions , seabird bycatch, and the conservation and management of sharks.

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for the implementation of Commonwealth fisheries policy. In managing Commonwealth fisheries, AFMA pursues objectives as outlined in the Fisheries Management Act 1991, Fisheries Administration Act 1991 and Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984. In managing Commonwealth fisheries, AFMA applies the principles of ecologically sustainable development and complies with the relevant sections of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The department collaborates with the Australian Government Dep​artment of the Environment to develop and implement policies that protect and conserve the marine ecosystems and biodiversity while maintaining a profitable, competitive and sustainable fishing industry. This includes contributing to the marine bioregional planning process and contributing to policy for the management of a range of marine species.


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