Australian fisheries chief moving on

Published on
November 16, 2018

James Findlay will leave his position as CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and take up the role of Director at Parks Australia, AFMA has announced.

Findlay’s career in fisheries and resource management, aquaculture, and marine science spans more than 20 years. He first joined AFMA in 1999 as a fisheries manager and worked in both the Department of Agriculture and at AFMA in roles as a principal research scientist, program manager, general manager, and executive manager.

For the past eight years he has been AFMA’s CEO, where he’s been responsible for the management of Commonwealth fish resources most often at the political-operational interface.

AFMA said that Findlay leaves the agency in great shape, having achieved five consecutive years where all fisheries solely managed by AFMA have not been subject to overfishing. 

“Through his leadership AFMA has worked collaboratively across Commonwealth and State agencies, and internationally, the latter resulting in the number of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing boats entering Australia’s waters continuing at record low levels,” it said.

Findlay's last day at AFMA will be 23 November, 2018.

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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