10 July 2013

To minimise the risk of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) being taken in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) without quota, AFMA annually implements core and buffer zones for restricted access in the ETBF. This year’s Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) Zones have now been introduced in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF).

The AFMA website has details of the Core and Buffer Zones as well as the arrangements commercial fishers must comply with when fishing in the ETBF.

It is the responsibility of the operators to know the location of the zones. Zone locations are reviewed weekly – generally on a Tuesday. The updated zone location will be available on the AFMA website no later than Wednesday afternoon.

If you have any questions regarding the management arrangements associated with the SBT zones please contact Stephanie Martin, Manager Tropical Tuna Fisheries, on (02) 6225 5306 or email stephanie.martin@afma.gov.au.