Catch limits for popular table fish such as flake and whiting have increased in the 2013/14 fishing season following scientific advice showing stocks are healthy and increased catches can be sustained.
The next fishing season opens on 1 May 2013 with the total allowable catch limits increasing for 11 of 34 species, including Gummy Shark, Silver Trevally, Mirror Dory and School Whiting and catch limits for most other species remaining stable.
There will be a net increase in the aggregation of Total Allowable Catch limits this season of more than 600 tonnes, which is great news for the fishing industry and seafood consumers.
AFMA CEO Dr James Findlay said that this was a pleasing result with strict management and world leading science ensuring the sustainability of our fisheries for years to come.
“The overall improvement in fish stocks is a result of strong science-based management and an industry dedicated to the long-term sustainability of the fishery and their business.
"Ultimately this means more fresh, sustainable, local fish on Australian tables and more fishing jobs in rural and regional Australia”.
AFMA recognises the significant contributions that all members of its Management Advisory Committees and Resource Assessment Groups, as well as stakeholder bodies, have made to sound fisheries management over many years.
“The advice from recreational and commercial fishers as well as environmental groups has been paramount to the success of fisheries management. Healthy ecosystems supplying more healthy seafood are testament to the skill and experience of all those who participate in AFMA’s Management Advisory Committees and Resource Assessment Groups," said Mr Findlay.
For those interested in the scientific advice and other information on the status of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery, they can find it on the AFMA website at www.afma.gov.au.