Key fish stocks
The majority of Queensland’s key fish stocks are considered sustainable.
In 2018, 80 of Queensland’s key fish stocks were assessed. Of these, 47 were classified as sustainable and 21 were undefined but not considered problematic. Negligible catch was reported for 4 stocks.
Species with sustainability concern included:
- mangrove jack (Gulf of Carpentaria)
- pearl perch
- king threadfin (Gulf of Carpentaria)
- ballot’s saucer scallop
- barramundi (Southern Gulf of Carpentaria)
- grey morwong
- spanner crab.
Queensland is taking part in the 5th national Status of Australian Fish Stocks process in 2020.
Relevant Sustainable Development Goals’ targets
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) assesses the status of important Queensland fish species. The assessments adhere to the national Status of Australian Fish Stocks framework for determining stock status. Each species is assessed at the stock level. Stock status determinations help guide DAF in decisions about fisheries management and research. Stock status is current as at December 2019.