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Wez Norris has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck welcomed Mr Norris to the role, recognising his experience in all aspects of fisheries management, regulation and development.
“Norris brings unique expertise to the role, with strong understanding of Australia’s fisheries and the Australian fishing industry,” Minister Littleproud said.
“He has significant experience in fisheries management having held executive positions in the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, AFMA and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
“I am confident Norris will provide the leadership needed to ensure the ongoing good management and sustainable use of Commonwealth fish resources, a strong compliance culture to deter illegal fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone and prioritising research funding towards activities that directly benefit the Australian fishery industry.
“I thank the outgoing CEO Dr James Findlay and Anna Willock who has been acting in the role for their valuable contributions to AFMA.”
Assistant Minister Colbeck said the appointment would support AFMA’s ongoing work to ensure Australia continues to be a global leader in fisheries management.
“As a former AFMA employee Norris has a working knowledge of the organisation and the critical role it plays in helping Australian fisheries improve profitability and returns,” Senator Colbeck said.
“I am pleased to welcome Norris as the new AFMA CEO to continue the vital work they undertake, including leading our world-class fisheries management policy,” Colbeck said.
SOURCE: AUST GOVT/PACNEWS
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