- Certifier :
- q.inspecta GmbH
- Certified status :
- Certified with component(s) in assessment
- Certified since :
- 27 Aug 2015
- Certificate expires :
- 26 Aug 2020
The Australia Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) operates on the Eastern seaboard of Australia, from Cape York, Qld to the Victoria / South Australia border using the pelagic longline method. Key target species in this fishery include Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Albacore Tuna and Broadbill Swordfish.
The fishery is managed using a quota system based on a very conservatively set Total Allowable Commercial catch (TACC). This TACC is informed by a number of management processes, consultative forums, scientific stock assessments and research projects. As these stocks are highly migratory through the Western and Central Pacific, the fishery is also subject to relevant WCPFC catch allocations and Conservation Management Measures. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Commission makes a final determination on the TACC for these target species.
The ETBF fishery has a long history of sustainable fishing practices. All boats are subject to risk mitigation strategies and use physical mitigation devices to minimize and avoid interactions with bycatch and ETP species. The fishery is also subject to ecological risk assessments and impacts on the environment are regularly monitored.
Tuna Australia represents the majority of tuna longline boats and fishing companies in the ETBF. Tuna Australia conducts research projects and initiatives to improve fishing practices and minimise impacts on the environment, advocates industry priorities to government and develops strategies to increase industry profitability and sustainability of the resource.