Southern bluefin tuna standoff
PORTLAND’S multi-million southern bluefin tuna industry is at risk of collapsing, according to several local recreational fishing advocates.
Assistant Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Anne Ruston has written to all states asking they cut recreational bag limits for southern bluefin tuna, from two fish to one.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford confirmed Ms Ruston had called on Victoria to make the cut, saying “halving the catch just doesn’t make any sense and isn’t based on good fisheries management principles”.
“We need the Federal Government to deliver on their commitment of a catch survey before any further decisions about the management of the fishery are made,” Ms Pulford said.
“Southern bluefin stocks continue to grow internationally and we want the Federal Government to recognise the social and economic value of fishing in places like Portland.”