​Media Release

​Commissioners appointed to AFMA

5 October 2016

Ms Renata Brooks has joined Mr Ian Cartwright, Professor Keith Sainsbury, Mr Richard Stevens OAM, Dr James Findlay, Mr Norman Moore AM (Chairman) and Ms Catherine Cooper as Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Commissioners. 
 
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, today welcomed Ms Brooks to the Commissioner role. Current commissioners Mr Cartwright, Professor Sainsbury and Mr Stevens have been reappointed. All have been appointed from 1 July 2016, with terms ending on 30 June 2019 in line with Ms Cooper. 
 
“Ms Brooks brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role, as current Deputy Chair of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and previous executive roles across the NSW Department of Primary Industries,” Minister Ruston said.

“I welcome Ms Brooks to what is a very important role for management of Australia’s domestic fisheries.

“Fisheries and aquaculture are important industries for Australia and for regional employment. 
 
“AFMA is responsible for the efficient management and sustainable use of Commonwealth fish resources on behalf of the Australian community. Great fisheries management comes from our science based approach adopted by AFMA, which is strongly supported by our fishers. 
 
“AFMA’s Commissioners oversee this work, exercising the functions and powers of the Authority and ensuring strong governance.

“They will continue to play an important role implementing the government’s agenda to remove unnecessary regulation on industry and the community.

“In consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, they will work with AFMA to streamline and simplify fisheries management arrangements with the states and the Northern Territory to reduce the cost to industry and improve the management of fish stocks.

“I look forward to working with Ms Brooks and the AFMA Commissioners as a whole.” 
 
Minister Ruston also thanked outgoing Commissioner David Hall for his contributions to the Management of Commonwealth fisheries.

Biographical information on Commissioners is available from afma.gov.au/about/afma-commission.​​