Review of the biology and fishery for Australian sardines (Sardinops sagax) in New South Wales – 2010
Stewart, J., Ballinger, G. and Ferrell, D., 2010. Review of the biology and fishery for Australian sardines (Sardinops sagax) in New South Wales – 2010. Industry & Investment NSW – Fisheries Research Report No. 26. ISSN 1837-2120. 59pp.
The New South Wales sardine fishery is one of the few expanding commercial fisheries in the state. Current landings are at historically high levels and the fishery provides substantial benefits to the economy of New South Wales through sales and significant employment in regional centres. This report summarizes the current state of knowledge of the sardine fishery and includes descriptions of: the operation of the fishery, the composition of landings, the biology and life-history of sardines along eastern-Australia, current assessments, and management arrangements. Available evidence indicates that the current high landings are at sustainable levels and that the fishery targets mainly sardines of mature sizes. However, as the fishery continues to expand in both capacity and distribution there is a need for improved monitoring, assessment and management. An updated biomass estimate is required for future assessments of sustainable catch levels. It is recommended that ongoing monitoring and management of the fishery be collaborative with the fishing industry.
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