6 July 2016

Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) is now being caught in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF). The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reminding all operators of the arrangements for fishing SBT this season.

Changes to the SBT zone requirements have been made to ensure SBT is fished with quota in the ETBF and all SBT catch must be monitored by a fully functional electronic monitoring (e-monitoring) system. If your e-monitoring system is not fully functioning, you must contact Archipelago Asia-Pacific (AAP) as soon as possible on (02) 6162 1192 or at service@archipelago-ap.com.au.

SBT is a valuable shared resource and it is important that operators follow the rules to ensure that all catch of SBT is monitored and recorded.

SBT arrangements for 2016

  • E-monitoring is mandatory and must be fully functional on-board vessels fishing for SBT.
  • Operators must hold uncaught SBT quota to enter the SBT zone.
  • When in the SBT zone operators must carry a minimum of 50 Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS) tags on-board the vessel.
  • Operators are required to accurately complete the CCSBT CDS logbooks.
  • Operators are also required to complete their AL06 logbook and PT02B Catch Disposal Record as normal, with all catch of SBT included.
  • Operators must unload all SBT to a licensed fish receiver who is registered with AFMA to accept SBT.
  • The SBT zone location will be reviewed and updated weekly. Operators are responsible for knowing the location of the zone.

SBT zone current location

AFMA will notify changes of the SBT zone to operators via a message sent to their Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and the location of zone will also be updated on afma.gov.au. It is the responsibility of the operator to know the location of the SBT zone at all times.

The location of the new SBT zone commences at latitude 34°30’S, longitude 150°93’E, and extends due east.

SBT Map 7 July 2016

For more information on SBT zones and arrangements download the information pack or visit afma.gov.au.