Draft Stout Whiting Fishery Harvest Strategy

Project overview

Fisheries Queensland has developed a draft Stout Whiting 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 the target species at, or return to, a target spawning biomass level that aims to maximise economic yield for the fishery


  • minimising and mitigate high ecological risks arising from fishing-related activities
  • monitoring the social and economic benefits of the fishery to the community
  • maximising profitability for the commercial sector
  • ensuring fisheries management is meeting the expectation of stakeholders.

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 unexploited spawning biomass (for key target 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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