Project number: 1985-052
Budget expenditure: $0.00
Organisation: Inland Fisheries Service (IFS)
Project start/end date: 28 Dec 1988 - 31 Dec 1988
1. Can present whitebait populations in Tas streams support any level of commercial and/or recreational fishing?
2. If sustainable yield identified, establish guidelines for management of fishery.
3. If open season not justification, establish suitable measures to protect & assist recovery of fishery
Author: Wayne Fulton Natalie C Pavuk
Final Report • 2017-09-29 • 1.51 MB
At the time this report was written, there had not been any biological study of the whitebait fishery since the 1940's. That study concentrated on the species most abundant at that time (Lovettia sealii). However, with the decline in the fishery being essentially due to a decrease in abundance of that species and a coincident expansion in areas fished, other species were being illegally exploited. Thus it was necessary to examine the biology of all species involved in the fishery in some detail.