Southern bluefin tuna zone
The location of the new SBT Zone comes into effect 00.01am Tuesday 8 June 2021.
The northern boundary of the SBT Zone commences at the latitude 35°00’ S, longitude 150°49’ and extends due east.
The location of the new SBT Zone comes into effect 00.01am Thursday 14 January 2021.
The northern boundary of the SBT Zone commences at the latitude 37°30 S, longitude 149°58'E and extends due east.
Management arrangements for the SBT zone
- Only a single SBT zone;
- Uncaught SBT quota must be held by operators to enter the SBT zone;
- A fully functioning e-monitoring system must be onboard the vessel when fishing in the zone regardless of the amount of days the vessel may be fishing in the fishery;
- Operators need to aware that only alive and vigorous SBT or those damaged by sharks to the point where they are not fit for human consumption, can be discarded;
- Any SBT that are to be released or discarded must be done so at the fish door in full view of the e-monitoring system. SBT damaged by sharks must have the damaged portion facing the cameras;
- SBT that are undamaged and dead when discarded or live fish that are gaffed and released will be deducted from the concession holder’s quota. The amount of quota decremented will be determined by the average weight of SBT retained for that trip;
- When in the zone operators must carry 50 CDS tags onboard the vessel;
- Operators are required to complete the CCSBT Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS) logbook to enable more precise tracking of individual SBT;
- SBT zone location will be reviewed weekly and updated as necessary.
If you are planning to target SBT, you should review the documents: