Tasmanian Abalone Council raises concerns – Fishupdate.com

Tasmanian Abalone Council raises concerns Published:  25 October, 2005

CONCERNS have been raised about abalone numbers on Tasmania’s south coast, ABC News Online has reported.

The Tasmanian Government has announced there will be no change to the total allowable catch for the commercial fishery next year, which is set at 2,500 tonnes.

The president of the Tasmanian Abalone Council, Dean Lisson, says he is pleased the catch levels have not changed as stock levels on the east coast seem to be improving.

But Mr Lisson says abalone populations in the south are not so healthy.

“We’ve got some concerns about the health of the stocks on the south coast, preliminary concerns, nothing to be alarmed about at this stage,” he is reported to have said.

“We’ve agreed with the Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute to do some further research on that during 2006 and if necessary we’ll make the required alterations regarding management structures for the 2007 year.”

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