Fish Stocks

Survey finds 10 million orange roughy off eastern Tasmania15th May 2014

CSIRO have released preliminary results from the July 2013 SETFIA led stock survey of the Eastern Orange Roughy Zone. Two features known as St Patricks and St Helens in the Eastern Zone where roughy are known to aggregate to spawn were surveyed. St Helens Hill is typical of a roughy hill being a conical seamount rising from a depth of 1,100m to 600m. This is the 4th acoustic survey in the Eastern ...

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Plenty of fish in the sea. (Again).17th March 2014

Quotas for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery's (SESSF) 2014/15 fishing year commencing on May 1 have been announced. Quotas increased between 2013/14 and 2014/15 by 816 tonnes or 4%. TACs are set through an exhaustive process that starts with CSIRO completing stock assessments on each stock. These assessments the pass through the Resource Assessment Group (RAG), the management a...

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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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