Aussie bluefin fishermen plan for quota increases with catches high, prices low

By Undercurrent News

his year's bluefin tuna harvest for Australian fishermen will go down as one of the best ever, as well as one of the shortest, reports the Port Lincoln Times

Export prices, however, remain low, but Port Lincoln, the main hub for the industry, has been able to adapt, said Brian Jeffriess, CEO of the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association. 

"There is now much more competition from longline southern bluefin as Japan's catch quota has doubled in recent years," Jeffriess said.

The industry is planning for 2020 and 2021-2023, when the stock recovery was likely to lead to a further quota increase, he said. In late 2020 the federal government will decide on what share Australia gets of the international quota increase. 

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