Sustainable Fish Harvest Program Plan 2014-2018
The objectives of the Sustainable Fish Harvest Program 2014-2018 are to:
- Assess the stock status of key exploited species in NSW estuarine and marine waters
- Monitor the quantities and sizes of key exploited species being harvested in NSW estuarine and marine waters
- Investigate priority areas identified by the resource assessment process
- Provide scientific advice to fisheries management on the effectiveness and impacts of proposed management actions concerning wild-capture estuarine and marine fisheries in NSW
Current projects in the Sustainable Fish Harvest Program Plan are listed below within each of the three research themes; commercial fisheries monitoring, recreational fisheries monitoring, and resource assessment.
Sustainable fish harvest projects
- Port based monitoring of commercial species
- Determination of age and growth estimates for priority species
- Stock assessment and related research for the eastern rock lobster
- Development of harvest strategies for priority species
- Factors influencing productivity, survival and recruitment of NSW prawn fisheries
- Observer-based surveys of the ocean trawl fisheries of New South Wales
Recreational fisheries monitoring projects
- Integrated assessment of recreational fishing in NSW
- The New South Wales Research Angler Program
- Movements of key recreational angling species in the Sydney Region
- Bait Security – Ensuring sustainable and productive NSW invertebrate bait resources
Resource assessment projects
- Integration of biological and fishery based information into resource assessment process system
- Assessment and status reporting of commercially harvested species
Status of fisheries resources in NSW
The Department evaluates health of NSW fish stocks on an annual basis and the last 4 reports are published below.
- Status of fisheries resource in NSW 2014-15
- Status of Fisheries Resources in NSW 2013-14
- Status of fisheris resources in NSW 2012-13
- Status of fisheries resources in NSW 2011-12
You can also view status of NSW fisheries resources via Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports.
Monitoring of Mulloway recovery program
Mulloway has been classified as Overfished in NSW since 2004/05 and a Recovery Program(RP) to assist the stock to rebuild was implemented on the 1 November 2013. The goal of the mulloway recovery program was to increase the spawning stock size of mulloway by reducing fishing mortality on both the adult and juvenile parts of the stock. Monitoring and assessment of the impact of management changes under the mulloway recovery program (PDF 276 KB) was undertaken about three years after the recovery program was implemented.
Research Leader - Fisheries Resource Assessment, Michael Lowry, Ph: (02) 4916 3879