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Striped Trumpeter Fishery Closes


AUSTRALIA - The Tasmanian striped trumpeter fishery will again be closed for two months commencing at midnight on 1 September and reopening at midnight on 31 October 2010. The closure applies to both commercial and recreational fishers.

Director of Marine Resources, Rob Gott, said this is the second year the closure has been implemented and is designed to provide protection for the striped trumpeter during the peak spawning period.

"The spawning closure is one of a number of measures taken to protect and conserve this species along with changes to the minimum legal size and recreational possession limits that were introduced in November 2009. These measures have been put in place to address the sustainability of this species.

“There has been no evidence of a significant spawning year since the mid 1990s and there is a risk that the fishery is being maintained by ageing fish with very few young fish coming through,” Mr Gott said.

The Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI) is presently researching the striped trumpeter to improve our understanding of the species’ spawning practices. Fish are being tagged as a part of this research work and therefore it is important for fishers to report any tagged fish captured to TAFI (03) 6227 7280.

The findings of this research will provide comprehensive and up-to-date information that will assist in management to deliver the best long term outcomes for the fishery.

Any striped trumpeter unintentionally caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Mr Gott reminded fishers that the Marine Police would be on the lookout for those who are taking striped trumpeter during the closure.

“Members of the public can help protect our fisheries by reporting any potential illegal fishing activities to Fishwatch on 0427 655 557,” Mr Gott said.