Management changes for black jewfish

East coast black jewfish fishery CLOSED

The annual catch limit for the east coast has been reached.

Black jewfish is a no-take species on the east coast for all fishers for the rest of the 2021 calendar year.

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

Penalties of up to $400,000 or 3 years imprisonment apply to any fisher caught selling black jewfish illegally.

The east coast fishery will reopen on 1 January 2022.

The black jewfish fishery season reopened on 1 January 2021. 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 will become a no-take species for both commercial and recreational fishers for the remainder of the quota season. The TACC was reached on 8 March 2021 for the 2021 fishing season and black jewfish is now a no-take species for commercial and recreational fishers on the east coast.

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.