Fish Stocks

Blue warehou catches kept to lowest ever5th November 2013

Blue warehou has been classified as overfished since 2009 following peak catches of almost 3,000 tonnes in 1991. The landed catch fell substantially as a result of a series of quota reductions since 2006. In 2009/10 SETFIA ran its first Skipper training course and communicated to Skippers the need to avoid blue warehou and to accurately record all catches. This need was reinforced in the 2012 ref...

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Sustainability status of five South East Trawl stocks improves29th October 2013

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, today released the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Fishery Status Reports 2012. The report assesses the status of all 93 Commonwealth fish stocks. Senator Colbeck said, "What this report shows us is that our fisheries are undeniably sustainable and our science-based mana...

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Amorous roughy respond to fishing16th August 2013

A scientific paper (Pitman, Haddy and Kloser) has been released assessing the impact of commercial fishing on the reproductive capacity (fecundity) of orange roughy. Data from when exploitation began (1987–1992) is compared with current observations from the eastern Tasmanian stock. Findings show that fecundity is negatively related to stock size, meaning that as the population of orange roughy ...

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Fishermen collect 2,000 blue warehou lengths7th May 2013

In 2011 industry began to collect length data on blue warehou during the SETFIA run blue warehou fishery independant survey.  The aim of the collection is that the information could be used in a future stock assessment. Industry avoids blue warehou in an effort to allow it to rebuild but in doing so has lost the use of catch as an index of abundance. In 2011/12 Ray Wicks and his crew from Portla...

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