Monday, 30 June 2014
Commercial and recreational blue swimmer crab fishing arrangements have been reviewed and updated for the upcoming 2014â€“15 season to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.
The 2012-13 Blue Crab Fishery stock assessment report recently published by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Sciences, shows that while the Spencer Gulf fishery remains in a strong position the Gulf St Vincent fishery remains at a low level.
Based on the latest available evidence, and using the national framework for stock status reporting, the Spencer Gulf fishing zone of the BCF would be classified as â€˜sustainableâ€™ and the Gulf St Vincent fishing zone as â€˜transitional-recoveringâ€™.
Director Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy at PIRSA, Sean Sloan, said that as a result the total allowable commercial catch (TACC) for Gulf St Vincent would remain at a reduced level for the 2014â€“15 season.
â€œThe abundance of juvenile and legal size crabs remains below the acceptable limit set out in the fisheryâ€™s management plan and as a result triggered a review of the TACC for the upcoming season,â€ he said.
â€œTACC for Gulf St Vincent will remain at 196 tonnes for the 2014-15 season, which represents a 20 per cent reduction in the baseline TACC. The TACC for the Spencer Gulf Blue Crab Fishery will also remain unchanged at 381 tonnes.â€
Mr Sloan said it had also been necessary to maintain the same reduced level for the 2014â€“15 season.
â€œThe recreational combined crab (blue swimmer crab and sand crab) limits will remain at a daily individual bag limit of 20 and a daily boat limit of 60 in Gulf St Vincent only,â€ he said. â€œFor all other South Australian waters the combined recreational crab limit will remain at a daily bag limit of 40 and a daily boat limit of 120.
â€œManagement measures such as these are implemented to ensure the ecologically sustainable development of South Australian fish stocks.
â€œPIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture will review these arrangements after the 2014â€“15 recreational fishing season when it receives updated stock assessments for the fishery.â€
For more information on Blue Swimmer crab fishing including bag and possession limits visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries.
Contact Fontella Koleff
Acting Communications Manager - Fisheries and Aquaculture
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