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Decline and partial recovery of a trawl fishery in South-eastern Australia


Smith, ADM and Novaglio, C and Sainsbury, KJ and Fulton, EA and Smith, DC, Decline and partial recovery of a trawl fishery in South-eastern Australia, Rebuilding of marine fisheries Part 2: Case studies, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), SM Garcia, Y Ye (ed), Rome, pp. 38-43. ISBN 9789251307861 (2018) [Other Book Chapter]

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This chapter describes the management history of a complex multispecies trawl fishery in south eastern Australia, particularly over the past three decades. Substantial declines in stock status and economic performance of the fishery in the early 2000s resulted in several initiatives to deal with this situation, including the development of a strategic evaluation of the overall management arrangements for the fishery, the introduction of a formal harvest strategy framework to address overfishing, and the buyout of half the fishing fleet in the mid-2000s. Although a few overfished stocks have so far failed to recover, overfishing (fishing mortality rates above FMSY) has ceased and the fishery has returned to positive profitability. Broader improvements in environmental performance have also been achieved, particularly in managing impacts of fishing on protected species and benthic habitat. This case study illustrates the complexities of recovery in multispecies fisheries, and the combination of political, scientific and management efforts needed to move towards recovery.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:fisheries management, trawl fisheries
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Smith, ADM (Dr Tony Smith)
UTAS Author:Novaglio, C (Dr Camilla Novaglio)
UTAS Author:Sainsbury, KJ (Professor Keith Sainsbury)
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
UTAS Author:Smith, DC (Dr David Smith)
ID Code:131660
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2019-03-28
Last Modified:2019-04-03
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