Australian Association for Maritime Affairs

Australian Association for Maritime Affairs (1)

The AAMA was founded in 1979 since it was recognised at the time that although Australia is uniquely an island continent with an economy heavily dependent on overseas trade Australians, as a nation, lacked a cohesive maritime outlook.

For most of its history its national maritime requirements, such as sea transport, have been serviced by others. Thus Australia has never developed a true perspective of itself as a maritime nation nor has a maritime psyche ever etched itself on the Australian people.

The combined growth in salmon and prawn production contributed to the gross value of Australia’s fisheries production remaining stable at $2.2 billion in 2008- 09, following a decline in the value of tuna and rock lobster production.