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.

A survey of recreational fisher effort, catch, release and harvest estimates of SBT and other large tuna and billfish was conducted from late-2018 to 30 November 2019. The survey details are here and the report will be available in mid-2020.

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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