SMALL PELAGIC FISHERY

Major species:
Australian Sardine, Jack Mackerel, Blue Mackerel and Redbait.

Estimated catch 2009-10:
1901.8 tonnes

Gross value of production:
Not available

Small pelagic species targeted by this fishery include Australian Sardine, Jack, Blue Mackerel and Redbait

Small pelagic species targeted by this fishery include Australian Sardine, Jack, Blue Mackerel and Redbait

DEVELOPMENTS IN 2010–11

  • AFMA published the provisional grant of Statutory Fishing Rights in May 2010. A number of appeals were received by the Statutory Fishing Rights Allocation Review Panel in relation to that grant. The Panel has now heard all allocation appeals. The final grant of Statutory Fishing Rights will commence once the appeals are resolved.
  • Activity in the fishery was low this year. Some permit holders were awaiting the outcomes of the appeals process. Other permit holders chose to concentrate their efforts in adjacent State fisheries.
  • All major species are assessed in the ABARES Fishery Status Report 2009 as not overfished and not subject to overfishing, with the exception of Redbait- East, which is assessed as uncertain.
  • The management advisory committee for this fishery was amalgamated in 2010–11 into the South East Management Advisory Committee. This will allow costs to be reduced, over time, and enable more integrated management of southern and south eastern fisheries.
  • AFMA has also recently sought public comment on proposals to integrate the resource assessment group for this fishery with resource assessment groups of other south and south eastern fisheries, again to foster integrated management.