Fish Stocks

Snapper under control16th October 2015

Snapper has been small part of the South East Trawl Fishery's catch for more than 100 years and is an unavoidable part of the sector's 10,000 tonne catch of other species. There is also a separate, healthy commercial snapper catch in Port Phillip Bay licenced by Victoria which catches around 130 tonnes. Snapper is an iconic recreational species with anglers in Victoria catching more than 500 tonne...

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Fishing industry proposes roughy management15th April 2015

Previous newsletter articles have explained how CSIRO's acoustic optical system (AOS) surveys have found 30-48,000 tonnes of orange roughy on two hills east of Tasmania. Based on this, and within the context of the fishery's harvest strategy,  the AFMA Commission has now set the eastern roughy total allowable catch (TAC) at 465 tonnes and the southern roughy TAC at 66 tonnes. The challenge of ...

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NZ orange roughy fishery seeks 3rd party sustainability certification15th January 2015

Three of New Zealand's orange roughy fisheries have entered the lengthy and rigorous Marine Stewardship Council sustainability assessment process. New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industry and the industry association the Deepwater Group have been working together for the past ten years to better manage and rebuild the orange roughy stocks, and are now looking to measure this against the MSC sta...

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2014 Fishery Independent Survey Finishes24th September 2014

Catches in the South-East are controlled by quotas which are based on assessments of fish stocks. For many years, industry, managers and researchers have recognised the problems with using catch and effort data from commercial logbooks as the main index of abundance for SESSF species. This has been particularly the case in the South-East where a range of management arrangements such as closed are...

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