The Southern Bluefin Tuna season has started this week with an increased total catch limit, its highest level since the late 1980s. The quota has recently been increased by 10 per cent, which takes the total catch limit to 5,665 tonnes.
Tony’s Tuna International General Manager Andrew Wilkinson was recently interviewed by ABC Rural’s Brooke Neindorf, listen to the audio here: www.abc.net.au .
The South Australian tuna industry is describing this year’s fishing season as one of the best seasons seen in decades and one of the shortest.
Fishing of the tuna has finished more than a month ahead of usual.
Industry spokesman Brian Jeffriess says this is due to an abundance of fish closer to shore and it’s a great result for the industry.
Listen to what Brian Jeffriess, CEO of ASBTIA had to say about the season here: www.abc.net.au/news/short-tuna-season
Colbeck overturns tuna stereo video issue
After discussions between myself, the South Australian fishing industry and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, stereo video, the controversial tuna stock measurement method, has been shelved due to the excessive and unnecessary regulatory and financial burden it would have imposed. I was pleased to see that this was one of his first points of business after being appointed to the Abbott Ministry.