Endangered species - Southern Bluefin Tuna
Southern Bluefin Tuna - Thunnus maccoyii
Southern Bluefin Tuna are highly migratory pelagic fish. In Australian waters they range from northern NSW around southern Australia to northwestern Australia. They tend to form large surface schools in offshore waters off southern Australia at certain times of the year. Overfishing has drastically reduced its numbers.
Southern Bluefin Tuna can reach a maximum length of 2.35 metres and can attain a weight of around 200kg, but rarely exceed 100kg in Australian waters.
Southern Bluefin Tuna are a member of the family Scombridae and are recognised by their relatively short pectoral fins and robust body. Their upper bodies are blackish-blue and the underside is a silver colour. Juvenile and adult Southern Bluefin Tuna are opportunistic feeders that feed mainly on squid, crustaceans, fish and planktonic animals.
Longtail Tuna (Thunnus tonggol) are similar in appearance to Southern Bluefin Tuna, but can be distinguished by their shorter pectoral fins and dark caudal keels.
Proposed changes to recreational fishing rules
The Minister for Primary Industries proposed making an Order to authorise fishing for Southern Bluefin Tuna in accordance with all applicable controls. Written submissions were invited from 6 March to 16 April 2014.
The exhibition is now closed. All submissions will be considered before the final Order is made.