- Letter of Transmittal
- User Guide
- Feature stories
- Performance Report
- Management and Accountability
- Our Fisheries
- Quick reference guide to domestic fisheries performance in 2010–11
- Antarctic fisheries
- Coral Sea Fishery
- Norfolk Island fisheries
- Northern Prawn Fishery
- North West Slope and Western Deepwater Trawl fisheries
- Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery
- Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery
- Southern Squid Jig Fishery
- Small Pelagic Fishery
- Eastern Tuna And Billfish Fishery
- Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery
- Skipjack Tuna Fishery
- Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery
- Financial Statements
WESTERN TUNA AND BILLFISH FISHERY
Broadbill Swordfish, Bigeye Tuna, Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna
Estimated catch 2009-10:
Gross value of production 2009-10:
DEVELOPMENTS IN 2010–11
- Quota-based management arrangements under the Western Tuna and Billfish Management Plan 2005 which commenced on 1 July 2010.
- The fishery continues to operate at low levels of effort compared to the early 2000s due to economic conditions. However, catch has increased from a total catch of 290.7 tonnes in 2008-09 to 538 tonnes in 2010–11.
REPORT AGAINST MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Western Tuna and Billfish Management Plan 2005 was fully implemented on 1 July 2010 following the final grant of Statutory Fishing Rights in May 2010. Under the Western Tuna and Billfish Management Plan 2005, the Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery is now managed through a quota system with total allowable commercial catch limits established each season for each of the major target species (see table below).
AFMA has specified the season dates within the fishery regulations, with the first fishing season running for 19 months commencing on 1 July 2010. All subsequent fishing seasons will commence annually on 1 February and run until 31 January.
The total allowable commercial catch for this extended season has been set in line with the Australian Government position on catch in the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission area of competence. Total allowable commercial catches will apply to the major target species, specified in the table below:
|Quota species||Total allowable commercial catches (tonnes) 1 July 2010 – 31 January 2012|