ANTARCTIC FISHERIES

Major species:
Patagonian Toothfish and
Mackerel Icefish

Estimated catch 2010-11:
2274 tonnes

Gross value of production 2010-11:
Not available

DEVELOPMENTS IN 2011–12

Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery Management Plan 2002 was amended to provide industry with the flexibility to maximise their catch by non‑trawl fishing methods, principally longlining.

In March 2012 the independent certification body the Marine Stewardship Council certified the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery as sustainable and well‑managed.

Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery

A single total allowable catch was set for the 2012-13 season for the first time following the amalgamation of the two sectors of the fishery into a single area. Previously separate total allowable catches applied to each sector.

In May 2012 the Marine Stewardship Council certified the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery as sustainable and well‑managed.

REPORT AGAINST MANAGEMENT PLANS

Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery continued to be managed in accordance with the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery Management Plan 2002 and the conservation measures mandated by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

All operations conducted in the fishery were in compliance with the performance criteria outlined in the management plan.
Three vessels (two longliners and one trawler) operated in 2011-12.

Macquarie Island Toothfish fishery

The Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery continued to be managed in accordance with the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery Management Plan 2006.

An amendment to the management plan was made on 22 March 2012 to formally allow longlining in the fishery following a successful trial.

All operations conducted in the fishery were in compliance with the performance criteria outlined in the management plan.

One longline vessel operated in 2011-12.