About SBT

there’s something about Southern Bluefin Tuna

We all love Southern Bluefin Tuna – it’s why we’re here, right?

But where do they spawn, what’s their migratory path, how long do they live,
how big can they get?

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managing the sbt fishery

Southern Bluefin Tuna are managed internationally as a single breeding stock by the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT). SBT are coming back from critically low levels, but there is much to be done before stock recovers to target levels. How is the fishery being managed so we have bluefin forever?

  • Internationally, it’s cared for through sustainable management and stock assessment. Discover more
  • In Australia, we manage our share of the total allowable catch – with 250 tonnes set aside for recreational fishing. Learn more
  • In each state along their migratory path, specific regulations have been set up to manage the recreational SBT fishery. Find your state’s regulations here

rec fishing surveys

Recreational catch is determined by surveys used regularly across many recreational fisheries, and designed to provide data for sustainable management.

In May 2020, IMAS completed the first comprehensive assessment of the recreational harvest of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) in Australia, on behalf of the Australian Government.

The survey was carried out to understand the recreational fishing harvest of SBT, so Australia can meet its obligation to report all sources of SBT mortality to the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT).

Running for 12 months from December 2018, the survey describes the fishing effort, harvest and released catch from South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. It includes Western Australia’s recent recreational SBT catch estimates from DPIRD boat-based surveys.

The results will inform international SBT reporting, stock assessments and resource sharing arrangement between the recreational and commercial fishing sectors. Get the report snapshot (including state summary cards) or read the full report.

keeping the code

As recreational fishers, we can all be stewards of Southern Bluefin Tuna. It’s as simple as using responsible fishing practices that consider the welfare of individual fish and minimise the impact on the SBT fishing stock.

This code of practice is based on scientific research and developed in consultation with peak recreational fishing groups.

It shows you how to be part of improving the recreational fishing experience for everyone.

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