Effective strategies for stock assessment and sustainable management have not been developed for cockle fisheries. Development of the fishery for maximum economic value must be conducted within a framework of sustainable exploitation. The South Australian cockle fishery has recently moved to management under a TAC. Consequently there is potential to develop a harvest strategy that matches target size and product availability with market requirements. To achieve this requires development of robust indices of relative abundance as well as detailed knowledge of the market requirements and potential management tools.
Project number: 2008-008
Budget expenditure: $184,847.00
Principal Investigator: Greg Ferguson
Organisation: SARDI Food Safety and Innovation
Project start/end date: 28 Jul 2008 - 30 Jun 2010
1. Protect sustainability by developing an indices of relative abundance for cockle/clam populations
2. Identify key market requirements to maximise return from pipi fishery
3. Identify available and other innovative management tools for pipi/clam fisheries
4. Evaluate temporal closures as a management tool for the pipi fishery
5. Develop and evaluate a method to provide catch and effort data with fine spatial resolution to SARDI in an electronic form
6. Develop Biological Performance Indicators for commercial pipi/clam fisheries
7. Provide a harvesting plan for pipi that is informed by information on market demand, market prices and relative abundance and distribution of pipi and reproductive development of pipi "
8. Develop formal Harvesting Plan using information all objectives.