Victoria seeks assurances on southern bluefin tunaWednesday, 27 June 2012
From the Minister for Agriculture and Food SecurityThe Victorian Coalition Government is seeking assurance that the valuable southwest Victorian southern bluefin tuna angling sector will be guaranteed long term access to the fishery.
Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh today said southern bluefin tuna was an important fishery for recreational anglers in Victoria who were entitled to an ongoing share along with the commercial sector.
"The southern bluefin tuna fishery is a significant resource for recreational fishers, charter operators and tourism operators in southwest Victoria while also supporting an important commercial fishery based in Port Lincoln in South Australia," Mr Walsh said.
"We are seeking assurances from the Commonwealth Government that fair consideration will be given to both the recreational and commercial sectors in future decision making about access to the southern bluefin tuna resource."
DPI Exucutive Summary
Fisheries Victoria initiated this study, following consultation with the Victorian recreational fishing community, to provide the first quantified estimate of the recreational daytime trailer-boat catch of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) off the south west Victorian coast.