4 January 2015

Sustainable squidThe humble squid is both tasty and abundant. That’s why for the 2015 fishing season, the total allowable effort for the Southern Squid Jig Fishery will remain the same as this year at 550 standard squid jigging machines.

The Gould’s squid (Nototodarus gouldi) has a short lifespan, prolific breeding, and speedy growth. AFMA’s harvest strategy takes into account these attributes to ensure the sustainability of the fishery. The recent Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Fishery Status Reports 2013-14 confirms that Gould’s squid is a sustainable choice for your dinner plate with the species not subject to overfishing.

AFMA’s management of all Commonwealth fisheries, including the Southern Squid Jig Fishery is based on the best available science. To set this year’s effort limit, advice was sought from the Squid Resource Assessment Group and South East Management Advisory Committee.  The final decision is then made by the AFMA Commission on the best course of action for the fishery based on the advice.

Whilst recent catches of Gould’s squid have been low due to strong competition in the international market, the Australian fishery has strong potential for growth with a harvest strategy in place to keep it sustainable. For 2015, the AFMA Commission has kept the effort limit the same at 550 standard squid jigging machines; however some access rights have been surrendered.

For more information, please contact David Power, Manager, Gillnet, Hook and Trap Fishery and Squid Fishery, on 02 6225 5475 or david.power@afma.gov.au.