Fish Stocks

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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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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