Management changes for black jewfish

The annual catch limit for east coast black jewfish has been reached. Black jewfish is a no-take species for all fishers for the rest of the 2022 calendar year.

Penalties apply to any fisher caught taking black jewfish on the east coast during this closure.

The east coast fishery is due to reopen in early 2023.

There is a total allowable commercial catch (TACC) of 20 tonnes on the east coast and 6 tonnes for the Gulf of Carpentaria. Once the TACC has been reached, black jewfish becomes a no-take species for both commercial and recreational fishers for the remainder of the quota season.

The east coast TACC of 20 tonnes is divided into five management regions as follows:

  • east coast inshore management region 1 – 0kg
  • east coast inshore management region 2 – 45kg
  • east coast inshore management region 3 – 10,093kg
  • east coast inshore management region 4 – 9,593kg
  • east coast inshore management region 5 – 269kg.

Commercial fishers who catch and retain black jewfish must:

  • check the status of the black jewfish TACC before departing on a commercial fishing trip
  • give a pre-trip notice before commencing a commercial fishing trip (submitted by the commercial fisher in charge of the operation)
  • report catch via logbooks and AIVR so the TACC can be monitored, including a minimum 1-hour prior report and an immediate weights notice when the jewfish is first removed from the boat.

There is also a requirement for all fishers (commercial and recreational) to land black jewfish whole to prevent the processing of the fish at sea to remove the valuable swim bladders.

In addition, it is prohibited to take or possess any fish (including black jewfish) in Dalrymple Bay and Hay Point. The closed waters are the waters within the following boundary, from:

  • latitude 21°14.430’ south, longitude 149°18.090’ east to latitude 21°14.520’ south, longitude 149°17.890’ east
  • latitude 21°16.210’ south, longitude 149°19.090’ east
  • latitude 21°16.320’ south, longitude 149°18.860’ east
  • latitude 21°14.430’ south, longitude 149°18.090’ east.

To help fishers comply with these new fishing rules, species identification and rule guides have been developed for commercial fishers (PDF, 262.7KB) and recreational fishers  (PDF, 263.5KB). A reporting quick guide for commercial fishers is also available.