SKIPJACK TUNA FISHERY

Major species:
Skipjack Tuna

Estimated catch:
0 Tonnes

Gross value of production:
nil

DEVELOPMENTS IN 2011–12

Effort in the Skipjack Tuna Fishery has remained low.

The fishery was re-accredited for five years as a wildlife trade operation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to allow export of product from this fishery.

Holders of an Eastern Skipjack Fishery permit were granted 455 quota statutory fishing rights for each of the five Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery quota species, in recognition of their right to take those species as by-product under their current permit conditions.

After the grant of the quota statutory fishing rights the fishery operators are required to cover any catch of those species with quota. These species are Albacore Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Broadbill Swordfish and Striped Marlin.

REPORT AGAINST MANAGEMENT PLANS

Not applicable.