Draft Sea Cucumber Fishery Harvest Strategy

Project overview

Fisheries Queensland has developed a draft Sea Cucumber Harvest Strategy.

Public consultation closed on 31 January 2021.

The documents can still be downloaded from the Document Library (on the right).

Key points of the draft harvest strategies are that they:

1. Identify the fishery objectives. Fishery objectives set out the direction and aspirations to achieve in the long term.  The objectives are to:

  • maintain all sea cucumber species at, or returned to, a target exploitable biomass level that aims to maximise economic yield (MEY) for the fishery


  • minimising and mitigating high ecological risks arising from fishing related activities
  • maximising profitability of the commercial harvest sector
  • maintaining the social and economic benefits of the fishery to the community
  • ensure fisheries management is meeting the expectation of sectors and the community.

2. Manage the performance of the fishery using key indicators

  • The relative amount of fish biomass of key stock(s) will be measured against target and other reference points.
  • The harvest strategy aims to achieve a target reference point (Btarg) of 60% of the exploitable biomass (for Tier 1 species).
  • For key stocks, performance indicators and sustainable harvests for all sectors will be estimated from a stock assessment.

3. Sets decision rules for the commercial harvest of key species

  • A change in allowable catch may be triggered if the biomass of the key species falls below the target biomass.

4. Minimise ecological risks from fishing

  • If an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) identifies fishing impacts that are considered to generate an unacceptable level of risk to any secondary or byproduct species’ populations, a review is triggered.
  • The review will investigate the reason for the increased risk, and appropriate management action will be taken to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
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