Catch changes approved for SESSF

Blue grenadier Photo: Australian Government Blue grenadier

AFMA has adjusted management measures for a number of commonwealth species in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) in response to the latest scientific assessments.

The SESSF operates off the coasts of Victoria, southern NSW and Tasmania and supplies much of the market fish across these states.

The stock assessment for blue grenadier, considered by the South East Resource Assessment Group at the end of 2018, showed an increase in biomass which has led to a 39 per cent increase in the total allowable catch for the 2019 season.

The eastern redfish total allowable catch has been reduced from 100 tonnes to 50 tonnes, "to better reflect recent incidental catches", and a "move-on" provision has been introduced for blue warehou, "to reduce the risk of large catches."

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