Southern Hemisphere bluefin tuna stocks are in good shape, according to Australian fishing industry and aquaculture pioneer, Mr Hagen Stehr.
‘The Chairman of listed aquaculture company Clean Seas Tuna said his tuna fishing fleet has had its best seasonal start ever, catching about two-thirds of its quota in the first two days of the southern bluefin tuna (SBT) fishing season. “Our fleet is already on its way back to Port Lincoln from the Continental Shelf with about 200 tonnes of live SBT in tow, a journey which will take the fleet about 14 days to complete,” Mr Stehr said. ‘Our skippers also report that the catch comprises larger than average fish of excellent quality. ‘This is the best result I have seen in almost 40 years of fishing in these waters and is a credit to our industry and its respect for – and strict adherence to – the SBT wild catch quota.’Australia’s tuna quota stands at 5,265 tonnes a year, with fish caught under the quota grown out in the fresh cold waters of Boston Bay and Arno Bay, off South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula to approximately 10,000 tonnes for export to Asia and Europe.