Fisheries Long Term Monitoring Program
- N Dodt, S O'Sullivan, J McGilvray, E Jebreen, D Smallwood and I Breddin
- Publication details:
- Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Brisbane, Australia
- January 2006
- Bibliographic details:
- 31 pages
Tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) is a schooling species with a worldwide distribution in subtropical waters that inhabits the coastal waters of southern Australia (Williams 2002). Its distribution in Australian waters ranges from the northern tip of Fraser Island in Queensland to Onslow in Western Australia (Kailola et al. 1993).
Queensland commercial and recreational fishers target these schools on ocean beaches between Fraser Island and the New South Wales border, during their annual spawning migration between late winter and spring (Leigh and O'Neill 2004). The estimated harvest of tailor for the commercial sector is 155 t (2004-05), and between 450 and 540 t(2002) by recreational fishers.
The Queensland tailor fishery is managed by the Fisheries Queensland. The current management arrangements include spatial and seasonal closures, minimum legal size limit, limited commercial entry, annual commercial quota and recreational possession limit.
The Long Term Monitoring Program monitors the tailor stock by investigating the length, weight, sex and age of the commercially and recreationally caught tailor from the ocean beach sector. This report presents a summary of the data collected from 1999 to 2004.
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