Endangered species - Southern Bluefin Tuna
Distribution - 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.
Size - 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.
Characteristics - 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.
Confusing Species -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 - call for submissions
The Minister for Primary Industries is proposing to make an Order to authorise fishing for Southern Bluefin Tuna in accordance with all applicable controls. Written submissions on the proposed Order are invited until 16 April 2014.