Sea cucumber fishery working group

This working group provides operational advice on the management of the east coast sea cucumber fishery.

The east coast sea cucumber fishery is a hand-collection harvest fishery, fishing a defined area from Cape York to the southern limit of Tin Can Bay. Target species include blackfish, burrowing blackfish, sandfish, white teatfish and prickly redfish. Collection is mainly via hand by divers. Currently, 18 commercial harvest licences are endorsed. A total allowable commercial catch of 361 tonnes landed weight exists for the entire fishery, allocated through individual annual quotas for each licence.

Export approval conditions for the Queensland sea cucumber fishery

Exported product from the Queensland Sea Cucumber Fishery is subject to conditions of an approval issued under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 . A review of size limits for the Queensland Sea Cucumber Fishery (East Coast) report (draft prepared by Fishwell Consulting) is required to meet these conditions and will be considered by the fishery working group.