Project number: 2012-200
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $114,379.00
Principal Investigator: Timothy Skewes
Organisation: CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Hobart
Project start/end date: 17 Jun 2012 - 29 Jun 2013


This project addresses directly a stated need in the QFRAC priorities "Determine safe levels of depletion for broadcast spawners such as sea cucumber, quantifying the effectiveness of the time limited rotational zoning fishing strategy that is currently in place." Currently, a Rotational Harvest Strategy (RHS) is a key harvest strategy to address a perceived risk of localised depletion for the EC beche-de-mer fishery. It was initiated and designed by Industry, but has never been tested. This fishery is a high profile fishery for GBRMPA and has the only fishery species closed in the GBR Marine Park (Black teatfish). Assessing the utility and optimal configuration of the RHS for mitigating localised depletion, reducing risks to overall sustainability and maximising efficiency and profits of this multispecies fishery is of interest to GBRMPA, Qld Fisheries management, other State (NT and WA) and Federal (Coral Sea, Torres Strait) fisheries, and Industry.


1. Assess the efficacy of current and alternative harvest strategies, including the Rotational Harvest Strategy (RHS), for mitigating local and population depletion risk in the Qld EC Beche-de-mer fishery.

Final report

ISBN: 978-1-4863-0105-8
Author: Timothy Skewes

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