To help increase the redfish stock, AFMA has released the Redfish Rebuilding Strategy 2016 – 2021.
Redfish (Centroberyx affinis or sometimes known as nannygai) are found in south eastern Australia and are a popular eating species. Large catches of redfish were landed in the south-east during the 1980s and 1990s. In more recent years catches have declined and a stock assessment using the latest available science indicates that the stock needs to be rebuilt. AFMA, together with industry, has taken action to help increase this important fish stock.
The Redfish Rebuilding Strategy 2016-2021 was developed after extensive consultation with scientists, industry, and other interested stakeholders.
While fishing has had a historical impact on the stock, environmental variability such as changes in currents and availability of food can also affect the survivability of fish, their reproductive output and how quickly they recover.
The rebuilding strategy focuses on minimising catch of redfish while continuing to monitor and assess the stock status. This is being done through:
- catch restrictions preventing targeted fishing of redfish, a low total allowable catch (TAC) limit designed to cover the minimum unavoidable catch of redfish while targeting other species
- fishing effort restrictions through limited entry to existing fisheries. This means that in order to fish in a fishery, an existing concession must be leased or purchased
- investigating changes that could be made to fishing gear to reduce incidental catches of redfish, and increase the average size of redfish taken
- research and monitoring to investigate effects of environmental change on the productivity of the stock.
More information on AFMA’s sustainable management of Commonwealth fisheries can be found at afma.gov.au. For recreational fishers, if you would like to discuss the rebuilding strategy further or have noticed any changes in your redfish catch, please contact the recreational member on AFMA’s scientific South East Resource Assessment Group, Ross Winstanley on 03 5244 5788 or the AFMA Manager, Brigid Kerrigan on 02 6225 5322.